- Capa comum: 148 páginas
- Editora: Oxford University Press, USA (18 de novembro de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0195377990
- ISBN-13: 978-0195377996
- Dimensões do produto: 17 x 1,3 x 10,9 cm
- Peso de envio: 141 g
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The Ancient Near East (Inglês) Capa Comum – 17 nov 2013
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“The Ancient Near East: A very short Introduction” is an excellent primer on the ancient Near East, or better, the Cuneiform world from 35000 - 539 BDE. This is exactly as the title indicates, a short (app 150 pages) overview of the Eastern Mediterranean into ancient Iraq. Mrs. Podany gives us short sketches of several of the important cities and cultures of the area and era. These are well done, and give a good taste of what the period was like, at least for the ruling classes. The intrigue, diplomacy and interactions of the peoples is well demonstrated.
One is advised to go to such books as “1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed” for more detail in a readable form. But the collage of cultures, peoples, languages, religions over that and region is vast and seldom taught or understood as a unit. This little book gives the uninformed reader an insight into what can be discovered in further research. It is an invaluable aid in understanding the people and cultures.
This book is not for the seasoned historian of the period. It is for the masses of us who want a taste of the era to see if we want to explore further. It does this very well.
The book is very readable. Technical terms are either well explained or absent. The maps and pictures well illustrate what is known.
A well done short introduction well worth the time to read.
Along the way, the author shares insight into cultural and technological developments including the development of writing and the institutions of kingship and empire. Language moves from eastern Sumerian to central Sumerian (Akkadian) to western Sumerian. (Amorite) as new people emerged and/or the locus of power shifted. The author touches on the literature of Sumeria, including Gilgamesh, the flood story of Utnapishtim, and Enlil's "Tablet of Destiny." I want to share the last because it is interesting and was touched on in Mark S. Smith's "The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts:
//Order was maintained in the universe because the king of the gods possessed an object called the "Tablet of Destinies" on which were inscribed the me (pronounced "may"). These me were never written down on any earthly tablet, as far as we know, for human edification. But they encompassed all that kept chaos at bay. Humans were not significant enough, in the Mesopotamian view, to have any major role in cosmic events. It was neither here nor there to the gods what humans actually believed about them. They simply were. And just as the gods needed a king, so too did the humans. This was part of the cosmic order.
Podany, Amanda H. (2013-10-21). The Ancient Near East: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Kindle Locations 521-526). Oxford University Press, USA. Kindle Edition.
Insofar as that was the case, one can see the "anti-pagan polemic" in the Old Testament's claim that humans were created in the image and likeness of God (albeit the Sumerians believed that men were created in the same shape as their gods, albeit that was a fact without significance.)
Clearly, the author's interest is directed to Mesopotamia. Egypt gets some mentions, such as its involvement in the cooperative era of the Late Bronze Age, when Egypt was willing to use cuneiform and clay tablets to communicate with her international allies. But the area outside of Mesopotamia is largely off-camera.
There is some overlap here with Eric Cline's 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History), for those with an interest in the mystery of the collapse of Late Bronze Age civilization.
The writing is clear and direct. I listened to this book mostly as an audiobook (as part of Kindle's "whispersync" program.) I found the writing and the subject to be sufficiently interesting to keep my attention as I was driving. Although the book tends to fall on the academic side, the "very short" format keeps the work focused and direct. I think that someone with an interest in "ancient" history would find this to be a worthy addition to their library.