"This is a most useful collection of introductory essays. They crisply and lucidly convey the diversity and complexity of the ancient Near East, which make this an engaging book for the novice students and general reader." (Ancient East and West
"Many will find specific chapters of interest, both for insights into their own specialities and for challenging overviews of related fields. Students will find stimulating introductions to a wide range of subjects, not treated in encyclopaedias or dryer standard works ... on which to hone their own critical faculties." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)
"The chapters are written by some of the world's leading scholars, like the veterans Liverani and Limet ... Some of the articles are highly relevant, even dealing with contemporary issues such as the individual, ethnicity ... democracy, and freedom." (Scholia)
"As is usual for the Blackwell Companions the essays making up this volume have all been written by leading experts and as such the coverage is inclusive... The introduction, written by the editor, is excellent and clearly explains what the book is setting out to achieve, aims which are met. A Companion to the Ancient Near East is an excellent book and is one that should, without doubt, be read by those with a keen interest in this historical period." (Reference Reviews)
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A Companion to the Ancient Near East offers readers a comprehensive overview of Near Eastern civilization from the Bronze Age to the conquests of Alexander the Great. The book examines all the major civilizations of the region, including the Sumerians, Hittites, Babylonians, Assyrians, Israelites, and Persians. The Companion provides a survey of both the history of the Ancient Near East and of the sources for studying the period. It places special emphasis on social and cultural history and also covers the legacy of the ancient Near East in the medieval and modern worlds.