A History of the Ancient Near East: ca. 3000-323 BC (Blackwell History of the Ancient World)

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This book presents a clear, concise history of the extraordinarily multicultural civilizations of the Ancient Near East. Beginning with the emergence of writing around 3000 BC, the narrative ranges from the origins of the first cities in Mesopotamia, through the growth of the Babylonian and Hittite kingdoms, to the Assyrian and Persian empires. It ends with the transformation of the Ancient Near East by the conquests of Alexander the Great.


  • A straightforward and concise narrative of the complex history of the ancient Near East.
  • Addresses political, social, and cultural developments.
  • Contains in-depth discussion of key texts and sources, including the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh.
  • Includes a selection of Near Eastern texts in translation.
  • Accompanied by plentiful maps and illustrations.

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This book presents a clear, concise history of the extraordinarily multicultural civilizations of the ancient Near East. Beginning with the emergence of writing around 3000 bc, the narrative ranges from the origins of the first cities in Mesopotamia, through the growth of the Babylonian and Hittite kingdoms, to the Assyrian and Persian empires. It ends with the transformation of the ancient Near East by the conquests of Alexander the Great. Incorporating the most recent discoveries and scholarship, the book provides both an account of political and military events and a survey of the cultures and societies of the ancient Near East. The straightforward, accessible text is accompanied by plentiful maps and illustrations, and contains a selection of Near Eastern texts in translation. Each chapter includes a key research question or text, such as the use of the Bible as a historical source, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Assyrian royal annals. It is essential reading for anyone interested in this crucial period in world history.

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Marc Van De Mieroop is Professor in the Departments of History and Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, New York. He has written numerous articles and books, including The Ancient Mesopotamian City (1997) and Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History (1999).

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