Ancient Near East

Chavalas, Mark
Date published: 
July 2006

This book provides the reader with the primary sources for the history of the ancient Near East. Covering the period from the earliest historical and literary texts (c.2700 B.C.) to the Hellenistic historians who wrote on ancient Near Eastern history (c.250 B.C.), it presents new translations of Mesopotamian and ancient Near Eastern historiographic texts, and other related materials. An opening chapter sets out the themes of the book and discusses the difficulties of translating cuneiform texts into English, as well as the difficulty of reconstructing ancient Near Eastern history from textual sources. Texts featured in the main body of the book range from the code of Hammurabi to the Assyrian royal inscriptions. For each text, a detailed commentary is provided, placing it in its historical and cultural context. Maps, illustrations, and a chronological table help to orient the reader.