Life and Thought in the Ancient Near East

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University of Michigan Press, 31.08.2007 - 239 Seiten
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Intended for readers seeking insight into the day-to-day life of some of the world's most ancient peoples, Life and Thought in the Ancient Near East presents brief, fascinating explorations of key aspects of the civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Asia Minor, and Iran. With vignettes on agriculture, architecture, crafts and industries, literature, religion, topography, and history, Orlin has created something refreshingly unique: a modern guidebook to an ancient world. The book also reaches out to students of the Ancient Near Eastern World with essays on decipherments, comparative cultural developments between Egypt and Mesopotamia, and language and literature.

In addition to general readers, the book will be useful in the classroom as a text supplementing a more conventional introduction to Near Eastern Studies.

"Well-written and accessible, Life and Thought in the Ancient Near East deftly connects the past with present experience by drawing out the differences between, for instance, modern churches and ancient temples, and frequently employing biblical references. This simplicity together with connecting contemporary to ancient experience makes the text ideal for freshmen and general readers."
---Marc Cooper, Professor of History, Missouri State University

Now Professor Emeritus, Louis L. Orlin taught in the department of Ancient Near Eastern History and Literature at the University of Michigan for more than thirty years. He is the author and editor of several books, including Assyrian Colonies in Cappadocia and Ancient Near Eastern Literature: A Bibliography of One Thousand Items on the Cuneiform Literatures of the Ancient World.

 

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Inhalt

Introduction i
1
Mesopotamia
7
Decoding the Hammurabi Law Code
18
A Glimpse into Sumerian
24
The Cold Case File of the Historian
33
Egypt
39
On the Essential Cosmic Rhythms of Ancient Egyptian Life
46
From Tribal Coalition to Statehood in Ancient Israel
55
Wisdom Literature
119
Landforms Climate and Hydrology
137
The Setting of Prehistoric Cultural
149
Cities and Gods in the Ancient Near
159
Languages and Literature
183
Decipherments
189
The Discovery of Hittite Civilization and the Decipherment
197
A Summary of Culture Growth in Mesopotamia and Egypt
205

Athens and Jerusalem
63
On Nomads and Nomadism
69
On Chariot Warfare
80
Some Observations on Ancient Near Eastern Treaties
89
A Royal Dispute in Central Anatolia
96
Reflections on Ancient Near Eastern Myth
112
Chronology
211
Notes
217
Bibliography
223
Index
229
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