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Constituent, Confederate, and Conquered Space. The Emergence of the Mittani State

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Book Series: Topoi – Berlin Studies of the Ancient World/Topoi – Berliner Studien der Alten Welt ISSN: 2191-5806 ISBN: 9783110266412 9783110370294 Year: Volume: 17 Pages: viii, 290 DOI: 10.1515/9783110266412 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The Mittani empire is one of the most enigmatic political structures in Mesopotamian history. Reconstructing the emergence and the organisation of this state, whose territory encompassed Upper Mesopotamia touching the Levant and the piedmont plains of the Zagros in the East at the height of its power, is exceedingly difficult. Cuneiform specialists, archeologists and historians discuss the Mittani state with regard to modes of spatial organisation co- and preexisting in the region.

Materiality of Writing in Early Mesopotamia

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6940 ISBN: 9783110459630 9783110459821 Year: Volume: 13 Pages: vi, 301 DOI: 10.1515/9783110459630 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History
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This volume presents recent research on the relationship between the material format of text-bearing artefacts, the texts they carry, and their genre. The essays cover a vast period, from the counting stones of the late 4th millennium BCE to the time of the Great Hittite Kingdom in the 2nd millennium BCE. The breadth of substantive focus allows new insights of relevance to scholars in both Ancient Middle Eastern studies and the humanities.

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Materiality --- writing --- text --- Mesopotamia

Healing Magic and Evil Demons. Canonical Udug-hul Incantations

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ISBN: 9781614513094 9781614515326 9781501500152 Year: Pages: 735 DOI: 10.1515/9781614513094 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council
Subject: Archaeology --- History
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This book brings together ancient manuscripts of the large compendium of Mesopotamian exorcistic incantations known as Udug.hul (Utukku Lemnutu), directed against evil demons, ghosts, gods, and other demonic malefactors within the Mesopotamian view of the world.It allows for a more accurate appraisal of variants arising from a text tradition spread over more than two millennia and from many ancient libraries.

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Udug.hul --- Mesopotamia --- incantations

Chapter Udug (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9783110346602 Year: Language: German|English|French
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 323596
Subject: History
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Assyriology; Mesopotamia; Ancient Near East

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ISBN: 9783110408966 Year: Language: German|English|French
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 323596
Subject: History
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Assyriology; Mesopotamia; Ancient Near East

The Archaeology of Political Spaces. The Upper Mesopotamian Piedmont in the Second Millennium BCE

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Book Series: Topoi – Berlin Studies of the Ancient World/Topoi – Berliner Studien der Alten Welt ISSN: 2191-5806 ISBN: 9783110266405 9783110370348 Year: Volume: 12 Pages: viii, 226 DOI: 10.1515/9783110266405 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Archaeology --- Political Science
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This book, consisting of 12 contributions, amalgamates the most recent results from archaeological research in the Upper Mesopotamian piedmont. Under the growing influence of expanding territorial states which had become established during the 2nd millennium BC, this region experienced a substantial change in social and political life during that time. The discussion is centered around settlement shapes, developments in the material culture, as well as written documents that attest to this change. In summary, this book emphasizes the significant roll of archaeological research in the reconstruction of models concerning the formation and transformation of political space in the ancient world.

Diversidad de formaciones políticas en Mesopotamia y el Cercano Oriente: organización interna y relaciones interregionales en la Edad del Bronce

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Book Series: Col·lecció Barcino Monographica Orientalia ISBN: 9788447537280 Year: Pages: 192 Language: Spanish
Publisher: Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona Grant: Ianir Milevski
Subject: Linguistics --- Social Sciences --- History
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El presente volumen reúne trabajos acerca de las formaciones po­líticas de Mesopotamia y el Cercano Oriente realizados sobre una base filológico-textual y arqueológica, pero con una ambición y una impronta decididamente históricas. En él se presta atención a la historia de los estudios, a las comparaciones y a las aportaciones que vienen de otras disciplinas, como la historiografía, la antropo­logía social y la economía política, entre otras. Este interés y esta conciencia metodológica de los estudios presentados aquí advier­ten que los trabajos sobre el Cercano Oriente han estado dedica­dos demasiado exclusivamente a la edición y exégesis de los textos, y a la interpretación de las excavaciones arqueológicas, operacio­nes obviamente indispensables pero que de por sí generan una li­mitada reconstrucción histórica. Así pues, el objetivo del libro no es solo estudiar las sociedades antiguas, sino también interpretar los procesos históricos de aquellas lejanas épocas y el papel de los actores sociales que los protagonizaron.

How to be an Assyriologist? : Inaugural Lecture delivered on Thursday 2 October 2014

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ISBN: 9782722604575 DOI: 10.4000/books.cdf.4922 Language: English
Publisher: Collège de France
Subject: History --- Social Sciences
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Unlike works inherited from Greek or Roman Antiquity, writings from Mesopotamian civilization all come from excavations. Assyriologists work with clay tablets engraved with cuneiform characters. They piece together fragments of texts and organize them chronologically and geographically to gradually construct not only a political but also a social, economic and cultural history of Mesopotamia. The task is immense, and requires a multidisciplinary approach combining archaeology, epigraphy, philology, and history.

Poderes colectivos en la Siria del Bronce Final

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Book Series: Col·lecció Barcino Monographica Orientalia ISBN: 9788491682424 Year: Pages: 454 Language: Spanish
Publisher: Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona
Subject: History --- Social Sciences
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Este libro estudia la posesión y el ejercicio del poder por parte de ciertos colectivos integrados en las entidades políticas de Siria durante el Bronce Final (siglos XVI-XII a. C.). A partir del análisis de los documentos escritos que han llegado hasta nosotros, la autora intenta determinar quiénes era los depositarios sociales de este poder, así como el ámbito de autoridad que tenían, su grado de institucionalización y su relación con otras formas de poder de carácter individual. Con su investigación, aporta nuevos datos que ayudarán a comprender mejor algunos elementos constitutivos de estas sociedades, como los mecanismos generadores de legitimidad política.

Banned Birds

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Book Series: Archaeology and Bible ISBN: 9783161581632 9783161581649 Year: DOI: 10.1628/978-3-16-158164-9 Language: English
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 104938
Subject: Religion
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The dietary prohibitions in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 represent one of the most detailed textual overlaps in the Pentateuch between the Priestly material and Deuteronomy. This is especially the case for the birds: their identities are shrouded in mystery and the reasons for their prohibition debated. Peter Altmann attempts to break this impasse by setting these flyers within the broader context of birds and flying creatures in the Ancient Near East. His investigation considers the zooarcheological data on birds in the ancient Levant, iconographic and textual material on mundane and mythic flyers from Egypt and Mesopotamia, as well as studying the symbolic functions of birds within the texts of the Hebrew Bible itself.

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