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The Amorites and the Bronze Age Near East
The Making of a Regional Identity

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  • Date Published: May 2023
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108811361

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  • In this book, Aaron A. Burke explores the evolution of Amorite identity in the Near East from ca. 2500–1500 BC. He sets the emergence of a collective identity for the Amorites, one of the most famous groups in Ancient Near Eastern history, against the backdrop of both Akkadian imperial intervention and declining environmental conditions during this period. Tracing the migration of Amorite refugees from agropastoral communities into nearby regions, he shows how mercenarism in both Mesopotamia and Egypt played a central role in the acquisition of economic and political power between 2100 and 1900 BC. Burke also examines how the establishment of Amorite kingdoms throughout the Near East relied on traditional means of legitimation, and how trade, warfare, and the exchange of personnel contributed to the establishment of an Amorite koiné. Offering a fresh approach to identity at different levels of social hierarchy over time and space, this volume contributes to broader questions related to identity for other ancient societies.

    • Provides a unique and synthetic perspective on the formation and maintenance of the identity of a familiar people group in ancient Near Eastern history and biblical studies
    • Articulates a working approach to identity at different levels of social hierarchy, through time, and across a large geographic region
    • A book-length study that exposes the role played by environmental changes and niche exploitation in the creation and maintenance of group identity
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2023
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108811361
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 177 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Amorites, their legacy, and the study of identity
    2. Communities at the margins: the origins of Amorite identity, 2500–2200 B.C.
    3. Beyond pastoralism: diaspora and opportunity, 2200–2000 B.C.
    4. Mercenaries and merchants: networks of political and economic power, 2000–1800 B.C.
    5. Competition and emulation: the Amorite Koiné from Dilmun to Avaris, 1800–1500 B.C. 6. Conclusion: Amorite identity in the long durée.

  • Author

    Aaron A. Burke, University of California, Los Angeles
    Aaron A. Burke is professor of Near Eastern archaeology and the Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written on warfare, culture and social change in the Bronze and Iron Ages.

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