By Mario Liverani
The historical close to East reveals 3 millennia of historical past (c. 3500–500 bc) in one paintings. Liverani attracts upon over 25 years’ worthy of expertise and this own odyssey has enabled him to retrace the historical past of the peoples of the traditional close to East. The background of the Sumerians, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians and extra is meticulously distinct via one of many major students of Assyriology.
Utilizing examine derived from the newest archaeological unearths, the textual content has been totally revised for this English variation and explores Liverani’s present considering at the historical past of the traditional close to East. the wealthy and sundry illustrations for every ancient interval, augmented by way of new photos for this variation, offer insights into the fabric and textual assets for the traditional close to East. Many spotlight the ingenuity and technological prowess of the peoples within the historical East. by no means ahead of on hand in English, The historical close to East represents one of many maximum books ever written at the topic and is a needs to learn for college kids who wouldn't have had the opportunity to discover the intensity of Liverani’s scholarship.
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Additional resources for The Ancient Near East: History, Society and Economy
Literary accounts and depictions portray a highly deformed reality, both culturally and ideologically, and require careful interpretation. The landscapes presented are usually misrepresented, both in terms of size and of exotic and unusual features. They often present utopic connotations, depicting or describing landscapes which were an interpretation of real landscapes, with strong political, celebrative, or normative overtones. They consequently do not faithfully describe a landscape, but show how this landscape was seen.
These cannot be traced on a map, since they separate cultural spaces rather than geographic ones and are the result of the coexistence, interaction, and conflict of different ideologies. On a practical level, there is a series of ‘documentary boundaries’, allowing certain characteristics to emerge more (or better) than others. This distorts many aspects of our image of the Near East, and condemns entire sections into oblivion. Through the partial survival of ancient sources, as well as the bias of modern interpretation, a world that was mostly made of villages and agro-pastoral economy runs the risk of being considered by us as a world of cities, palaces, and luxury goods.
Written sources and depictions are normally given great importance for a reconstruction of the landscape, despite the fact that this evidence is intrinsically biased. Administrative texts are far more reliable and play a fundamental role in the understanding of agriculture and livestock in the Near East, often providing us with quantitative data. From a linguistic point of view, however, this kind of evidence is difficult to interpret, since an exact and reliable translation of ancient terminology (botanical, zoological and technological) is not always available.
The Ancient Near East: History, Society and Economy by Mario Liverani