Written by one of the major international specialists on the Assyrian empire, War in the Assyrian Empire takes a comprehensive look at the various aspects of Assyrian military activity.
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Written by a major international specialist on the Assyrian empire, War in the Assyrian Empire offers a comprehensive survey of Assyrian military activity and its historical consequences. Using the available textual and visual evidence, from official accounts to everyday documents and bas–reliefs, Fales explores whether Assyria should be defined as a fully militaristic society.
Topics such as military formations, armaments, rules of engagement, preparations for war, and armed encounters with enemies are covered in detail. The result is an important and insightful treatment of a polity that changed the face of the Ancient Near East, and ultimately bequeathed its techniques and ideologies to the world around it from Persia to Greece and Rome.
Frederick Mario Fales is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History at the University of Udine, Italy. His most recent works include a treatise on the history of the Neo–Assyrian Empire, L′impero assiro: storia e amministrazione, IX–VII sec. a. C. (2001), and Saccheggio in Mesopotamia (2006), which was short–listed for the Viareggio Book Prize in 2005.
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