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The Cambridge Ancient History

The Cambridge Ancient History

Volume 3

Part 2. The Assyrian and Babylonian Empires and Other States of the Near East, from the Eighth to the Sixth Centuries BC

2nd Edition


Part of The Cambridge Ancient History

J. A. Brinkman, A. K. Grayson, Joan Oates, D. J. Wiseman, M. A. Dandamaev, Asger Aaboe, Erica Reiner, T. C. Mitchell, W. Culican, T. Sulimirski, T. Taylor, G. Mihailov, A. M. Mellink, O. Masson, T. G. H. James
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  • Date Published: January 1992
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521227179

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  • Volume III Part II carries on the history of the Near East from the close of Volume III Part I and covers roughly the same chronological period as Volume III Part III. During this period the dominant powers in the East were Assyria and then Babylonia. Each established an extensive empire which was based on Mesopotamia, and each in turn fell largely through internal strife. Assyrian might was reflected in the imposing palaces, libraries and sculptures of the Assyrian kings. Babylonian culture was outstanding in literature, mathematics and astronomy, and the great buildings of Nebuchadnezzar II surpassed even those of the Assyrian kings. Israel and Judah suffered at the hands of both imperial powers, Jerusalem being destroyed and part of the population deported to Babylon; and Egypt was weakened by an Assyrian invasion. The Phoenicians found a new outlet in colonising and founded Carthage. A number of small, vigorous kingdoms developed in Asia Minor, while from the north and north east the Scythian nomadic tribes pressed down upon Turkey and the Danube valley, but found their match in the Thracian tribes which held south-eastern Europe and parts of western Turkey. The burials of the chieftains of both peoples were remarkable for the great wealth of offerings.

    • This is the MISSING LINK - the long-awaited volume chronologically parallel to Vol. III.3
    • Covers the Near East, Judaea, Thrace, and Egypt
    • Period includes the Exile of the Jews in Babylon
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 1992
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521227179
    • length: 962 pages
    • dimensions: 300 x 175 x 46 mm
    • weight: 1.387kg
    • contains: 51 b/w illus. 16 maps 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Assyria and Babylonia:
    21. Babylonia in the shadow of Assyria (747–626 BC) J. A. Brinkman
    22. Assyria: Tiglath-Pileser III to Sargon II (744–705 BC) A. K. Grayson
    23. Assyria: Sennacherib and Esarhaddon (704–669 BC) A. K. Grayson
    24. Assyria (668–635 BC): the reign of Ashurbanipal A. K. Grayson
    25. The fall of Assyria (635–609 BC) Joan Oates
    26. Assyrian civilisation A. K. Grayson
    27. Babylonia (605–539 BC) D. J. Wiseman
    28a. Neo-Babylonian society and economy M. A. Dandamaev
    28b. Babylonian mathematics, astrology and astronomy Asger Aaboe
    28c. First-millennium Babylonian literature Erica Reiner
    Part II. The Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea:
    29. Israel and Judah from the coming of Assyrian domination until the fall of Samaria, and the struggle for independence in Judah (c.750–700 BC) T. C. Mitchell
    30. Judah until the fall of Jerusalem (c.700–586 BC) T. C. Mitchell
    31. The Babylonian exile and the restoration of the Jews in Palestine (586–c.500 BC) T. C. Mitchell
    32. Phoenicia and Phoenician colonisation W. Culican
    33a. The Scythians T. Sulimirski and T. Taylor
    33b. Thrace before the Persian entry into Europe G. Mihailov
    34a. The native kingdoms of Anatolia M. Mellink
    34b. Anatolian languages O. Masson
    35. Egypt: the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth dynasties T. G. H. James
    Chronological tables

  • Editors

    John Boardman

    I. E. S. Edwards

    E. Sollberger

    N. G. L. Hammond


    J. A. Brinkman, A. K. Grayson, Joan Oates, D. J. Wiseman, M. A. Dandamaev, Asger Aaboe, Erica Reiner, T. C. Mitchell, W. Culican, T. Sulimirski, T. Taylor, G. Mihailov, A. M. Mellink, O. Masson, T. G. H. James

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