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The Imperialisation of Assyria
An Archaeological Approach


  • Date Published: January 2020
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from December 2022
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108478748

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  • The Assyrian Empire was the first state to achieve durable domination of the Ancient Near East, enduring some seven centuries and, eventually, controlling most of the region. Yet, we know little about how this empire emerged from a relatively minor polity in the Tigris region and how it managed to consolidate its power over conquered territories. Textual sources, often biased, provide a relatively limited source of information. In this study, Bleda S. Düring examines the rich archaeological data of the early Assyrian Empire that have been obtained over the past decades, together with the textual evidence. The archaeological data enable us to reconstruct the remarkably heterogeneous and dynamic impact of the Assyrian Empire on dominated territories. They also facilitate the reconstruction of the various ways in which people participated in this empire, and what might have motivated them to do so. Finally, Düring's study shows how imperial repertoires first developed in the Middle Assyrian period were central to the success of the Neo-Assyrian Empire.

    • Provides an overview of the development of empires in Mesopotamia
    • Provides a historical overview of how Assyria transformed from a minor polity into one of the great powers of the Amarna Age
    • Presents an agent based description of what types of people participated in the imperial project, why they might have done so, and what types of resources were available for them to do so
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108478748
    • length: 198 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 186 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from December 2022
  • Table of Contents

    1. A fragmented world
    2. A city at the fringe
    3. The rise of Assyria
    4. A patchwork empire
    5. Practising empire
    6. Rulers of all the world.

  • Author

    Bleda S. Düring, Universiteit Leiden
    Bleda S. Düring is Associate Professor in Near Eastern Archaeology at Universiteit Leiden. He is the author of The Prehistory of Asia Minor (2010) and co-editor, with Tesse Stek, of The Archaeology of Imperial Landscapes (Cambridge, 2018).

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