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Life in the ancient Near East, 3100-332 B.C.E.
Snell, Daniel C.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, [1997]

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xvii, 270 pages, : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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DS62.23 .S65 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this overview of life in the ancient Near East, Daniel Snell surveys the history of the region from the invention of writing 5000 years ago to Alexander the Great's conquest in 332 BCE.

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With this book, Snell (Univ. of Oklahoma) fills a significant gap in the literature of the ancient Near East. For more than a century data concerning the economic history of ancient Mesopotamia have been accumulating. This information has been scattered in a multitude of often-obscure publications, and non-Assyriologists have long desired a clear account of the current state of scholarship on this important subject. Snell provides such an account. In seven lucid chapters he surveys the economic history of Mesopotamia from the origin of city life to the Macedonian conquest of the Persian empire. An appendix analyzes the various theories currently in vogue concerning the structure of the ancient near eastern economy, and extensive notes and bibliography guide the reader to the relevant literature on the subject. The one flaw in this excellent work is the brief, superficial, and sometimes even misleading discussions of contemporary developments in the world outside Mesopotamia--including Egypt and the Aegean--that conclude each chapter. Nevertheless, this invaluable synthesis of a difficult subject will be welcomed by all teachers of ancient and world history. All collections. S. M. Burstein; California State University, Los Angeles