The Ancient Near East: Historical Sources in Translation
The Ancient Near East: Historical Sources in Translation   -     Edited By: Mark Chavalas
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The Ancient Near East: Historical Sources in Translation

Edited By: Mark Chavalas
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Chavalas, who is on the board of trustees of the American Schools of Oriental Research, has gathered together an impressive group of scholars to provide introductions, comments, and translations of a judicious sampling of texts from the ancient world---Sumerian, Babylonian, Hittite, Assyrian, and others. 544 pages, softcover. Blackwell.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 246
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Dimensions: 9.75 X 6.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0631235817
ISBN-13: 9780631235811

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Publisher's Description

This book presents new translations of Mesopotamian and ancientNear Eastern historiographic texts, providing the reader with theprimary sources for the history of the ancient Near East.
  • A primary source book presenting new translations ofMesopotamian and ancient Near Eastern historiographic texts, andother related materials.
  • Helps readers to understand the historical context of the NearEast.
  • Covers the period from the earliest historical and literarytexts (c.2700 B.C.) to the latest Hellenistic historians whocomment on ancient Near Eastern history (c.250 B.C.)
  • Texts range from the code of Hammurabi to the Assyrian royalinscriptions.
  • A detailed commentary is provided on each text, placing it inits historical and cultural context.
  • Maps, illustrations and a chronological table help to orientatethe reader.

Author Bio

Mark W. Chavalas is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He has edited or authored six books, including most recently Life and Culture in the Ancient Near East (2002), Mesopotamia and the Bible (2002) and Bible Background Commentary of the Old Testament (2000). He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Editorial Reviews

?All of these scholars are to be applauded for the excellence oftheir work.? (Journal of American Oriental Society , January2008)

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007

"Blackwell has rendered an excellent service to the study of theAncient Near East by undergraduates ? and, indeed, to those of thegeneral public with anything more than superficial interest in thesubject ... Chavalas provides a solid textual basis for a betterunderstanding of this area."

"Mark W. Chavalas has gathered an excellent ensemble of scholarsand doctoral candidates to edit and translate representativehistorical texts from the major cultures of the ancient Near Eastinto English ... Students and non-specialists who are embarking onthe study of the ancient Near East would do well to consult TheAncient Near East for a quick reference to Near Easternhistorical documents."
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"An invaluable reference for most academic and large publiclibraries."

"An extremely full selection of texts of historical import andan invaluable resource for college and university teaching. Theextensive commentaries make it accessible for anyone interested ininvestigating the manner in which the peoples of the ancient NearEast represented their past."
Gary Beckman, University of Michigan

?Chavalas has assembled a sterling cast of translators. Thehistorical introductions bristle with insights and the book givesus 'history from above' in the best sense.?
Daniel C. Snell, The University of Oklahoma

?Mark Chavalas has gathered an impressive international group ofscholars, who offer a judicious sampling of texts from Mesopotamiaand related ancient Near Eastern cultures. The texts are carefullytranslated and liberally provided with illuminating introductionsand commentary. In all, a volume that should become a prizedresource for students and scholars alike.?
Peter Machinist, Harvard University

?A welcome and affordable anthology in English and the editorand the contributors deserve our thanks for their efforts. It isextremely readable, the translations are admirably put into contextand by and large excellent.?
J.G. Dercksen, Boekbesprekingen - Algemeen

?This much-needed, well-done primary sourcebook ? is a must foranyone teaching the history of the ancient Near East.?
Religious Studies Review

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