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Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC : Holy Warriors at the Dawn of History - William J. Hamblin

Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC

Holy Warriors at the Dawn of History

Paperback Published: 23rd February 2006
ISBN: 9780415255899
Number Of Pages: 544

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For many historians, military history began in Classical Greece. Chronologically, however, half of recorded military history occurred before the rise Greeks rose to military predominance. In this groundbreaking and fascinating study, William J. Hamblin synthesises current knowledge of early ancient Near Eastern military history in an accessible way, from the Neolitihic era until the Middle Bronze Ages.
Drawing on an extensive range of textual, artistic and archaeological data, Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC offers a detailed analysis of the military technology, ideology and practices of Near Eastern warfare focusing on key topics including recruitment and training of the infantry; the logistics and weaponry of warfare, with emphasis on the shift from stone to metal weapons; the role played by magic; narratives of combat and artistic representations of battle; the origins and development of the chariot as a mode of military transportation; fortifications and siegecraft; and developments in naval warfare. Hamblin pays particular attention to the earliest known examples of holy war ideology in Mesopotamia and Egypt and argues that this era laid the foundation for later Near Eastern concepts of holy war, and that such understandings remain of vital significance in the world today.
Beautifully illustrated, including maps of the region, this book is essential for experts and non-specialists alike.

List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Prefacep. xiv
List of abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Neolithic Age and the origin of warfare {to c. 3000}p. 14
Early Dynastic Mesopotamia {3500-2334}p. 35
The Akkadian empire {2334-2190}p. 73
The Neo-Sumerian period {2190-2004}p. 102
War-carts and chariotsp. 129
Middle Bronze Mesopotamia {c. 2000-1600}p. 154
Warfare in the age of Marip. 185
Mesopotamian siegecraftp. 215
Syria and Lebanonp. 237
Canaanp. 269
Anatoliap. 285
Pre-Dynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt {3500-2687}p. 308
Old Kingdom Egypt {2687-2181}p. 328
Warfare during the Old Kingdomp. 353
First Intermediate Period Egypt {2190-2061}p. 368
Middle Kingdom Egypt {2061-1786}p. 382
The military system of the Middle Kingdomp. 412
Early Second Intermediate Period Egypt {1786-1667}p. 456
Notesp. 464
Bibliographyp. 494
Indexp. 507
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ISBN: 9780415255899
ISBN-10: 0415255899
Series: Warfare and History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 23rd February 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1