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Ancient Turkey : Routledge World Archaeology - Antonio Sagona

Ancient Turkey

Routledge World Archaeology


Published: 10th March 2009
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Students of antiquity often see ancient Turkey as a bewildering array of cultural complexes. Ancient Turkey brings together in a coherent account the diverse and often fragmented evidence, both archaeological and textual, that forms the basis of our knowledge of the development of Anatolia from the earliest arrivals to the end of the Iron Age.

Much new material has recently been excavated and unlike Greece, Mesopotamia, and its other neighbours Turkey has been poorly served in terms of comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible discussions of its ancient past. Ancient Turkey is a much needed resource for students and scholars, providing an up-to-date account of the widespread and extensive archaeological activity in Turkey.

Covering the entire span before the Classical period, fully illustrated with over 160 images and written in lively prose, this text will be enjoyed anyone interested in the archaeology and early history of Turkey and the ancient Near East.

'a well-written and easy-to-read volume that every student and scholar of ancient Anatolia ought to have on their bookshelf.' -- Claudia Glatz, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research '...a much recommended purchase.' -- Archeologie

Environmental Setting
The Age of Experiment (11,0005500 BC)
The beginnings of settled life
Emergence of agriculture and stockbreeding
Symbolic complexity and ritual activity
The Transformation of Anatolia (55003200 BC)
Move towards socio-political complexity
Intercultural Contact: the Balkans, Syro-Mesopotamia
Metalsmiths and Migrants (32002000 BC)
The emergence of Tlites
Metallurgy and its impact
The process of urbanisation
Transhumance and agriculture
Internationalism, Merchants and City-states (20001700 BC)
Texts and trade: early historical Anatolia
Powerful polities
The Indo-Europeanisation of Anatolia
The Period of Hittite Domination (17001200BC)
Frontiers and boundaries aspects of historical geography
Society and government
Art and crafts
"City of a thousand temples'- religious worship in the Hittite homeland
Neo-Hittite Principalities in Southern Anatolia (1200-700 BC)
Causes and consequences of the collapse of the Hittite Empire
The Hittite Legacy at Carchemish, Sam'al, Malatya, and Karatepe
The rise of Assyria and its interaction with southern Anatolia
Urartu and Eastern Anatolia in the Iron Age (1200-600 BC)
Antecedants of Urartu in eastern Anatolia
The Kingdom of Bianili
Kimmerian and Skythian incursions
The Medes
The Aegean Coast in the early Iron Age (1200-600 BC)
The "Trojan War" as an historical event
Greek migrations and settlements
Phyrgia and Central Anatolia in the Iron Age (1200-650 BC)
Central Anatolian cultural divisions in the early Iron Age
The Phyrgian Legacy
Lydia (650-550 BC)
The Lydian Legacy
The Achaemenid conquest and Conclusions
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ISBN: 9780415481236
ISBN-10: 0415481236
Series: Routledge World Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 10th March 2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 19.05  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 1