Bibliographic Details

The ancient orient : an introduction to the study of the ancient Near East / Wolfram von Soden ; translated by Donald G. Schley.

Author / Creator Soden, Wolfram von, 1908-1996
Uniform title Einführung in die Altorientalistik. English
Imprint Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, c1994.
Description xx, 262 p. : ill, maps ; 24 cm.
Language English
Subject Civilization.
Middle East -- Civilization -- To 622
Middle East.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/1583983
ISBN 0802801420 (pbk.)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of Contents:
  • I.
  • The Term "Ancient Orient" and Its Demarcation
  • II.
  • The Scene
  • III.
  • Peoples and Cultures in the Ancient Orient.
  • 1.
  • The Ancient Oriental Cultures before 3000: The Sumerians.
  • 2.
  • The Semites in Western Asia.
  • 3.
  • Hurrians and Urartians.
  • 4.
  • Peoples and Cultures in Western Iran.
  • 5.
  • Asia Minor: Proto-Hattians, Luwians, and Hittites.
  • 6.
  • The Coalescence of Peoples
  • IV.
  • Writing and Systems of Writing.
  • 1.
  • Sumerian Writing and Cuneiform.
  • 2.
  • The Hittite Hieroglyphs (the Luwian Pictograms).
  • 3.
  • The Phoenician Alphabetic Script and Its Predecessors.
  • 4.
  • Alphabetic Scripts in Cuneiform: Ugaritic and the Old Persian Script
  • V.
  • The History of Ancient Western Asia: The Historical Sources.
  • 1.
  • Chronology: King Lists, Date Lists, and Eponym Lists.
  • 2.
  • Sources for Political History.
  • 3.
  • The Early Sumerian Period and Early Dynastic Period.
  • 4.
  • The Empire of Akkad and the Neo-Sumerian Period.
  • 5.
  • The Beginnings of Assyria and Its Trade Colonies.
  • 6.
  • The Old Babylonian Period.
  • 7.
  • The Ancient Orient between 1530 and 1000.
  • 8.
  • Western Asia from 1000 to 750 and the Rise of the Assyrian Empire.
  • 9.
  • The Neo-Assyrian Empire: Its Zenith and Decline: Tiglath-Pileser III and the Sargonids.
  • 10.
  • The Neo-Babylonian Chaldean Empire (626-539).
  • 11.
  • Persians, Macedonians, Greeks, and Parthians in Western Asia
  • VI.
  • State and Society.
  • 1.
  • The Monarchy.
  • 2.
  • The Divinization of the Monarch.
  • 3.
  • City, State, and Administration.
  • 4.
  • Society and Social Groups.
  • 5.
  • The Army and Warfare
  • VII.
  • Nutrition and Agriculture.
  • 1.
  • Fishing and Fowling; Hunting.
  • 2.
  • Animal Husbandry.
  • 3.
  • Farming and Gardening
  • VIII.
  • Artisanry.
  • 1.
  • The Term; Organization and Instruction; The School.
  • 2.
  • Spinning, Weaving, Sewing, and Embroidery.
  • 3.
  • The Preparation of Hides: Leather.
  • 4.
  • The Use of Reeds: Basketry.
  • 5.
  • Woodwork: Carpentry, Joining, and Furniture Making.
  • 6.
  • Mud and Clay: Bricks, Ceramics, and Miniature Sculpture.
  • 7.
  • Stone for Devices, Monumental and Miniature Sculpture, and Buildings.
  • 8.
  • The Smelting and Refining of Metals
  • IX.
  • Trade and Commerce.
  • 1.
  • Roads and Highways.
  • 2.
  • Water Routes.
  • 3.
  • Basic Terms of Trade: Buying and Selling, Money.
  • 4.
  • The Organization of Trade: The Merchant.
  • 5.
  • The Merchandise
  • X.
  • Law.
  • 1.
  • Legal Prescriptions and Law Codes.
  • 2.
  • Documents and Other Legal Sources: Legal Praxis.
  • 3.
  • Judges and the Judiciary
  • XI.
  • Sumerian and Babylonian Science.
  • 1.
  • The Sumerian Science of Lists as a Science of Order.
  • 2.
  • Bilingual Lexical Lists in Ebla and Babylonia: Tri- and Quadrilingual Lists in Asia Minor and Syria.
  • 3.
  • Further Functions of Babylonian Word and Name Lists: Inventory Rolls and Compilations of Various Sorts.
  • 4.
  • Lists of Analogous Verbal Expressions.
  • 5.
  • The Babylonian Science of Omens.
  • 6.
  • Theology, Historiography, and Geography.
  • 7.
  • The Beginnings of Natural Sciences.
  • 8.
  • The Scientific Study of Humanity: Medicine and Pharmacology.
  • 9.
  • Mathematics and Astronomy
  • XII.
  • Religion and Magic.
  • 1.
  • Basic Problems.
  • 2.
  • The Gods of the Sumerians.
  • 3.
  • The Gods of the Babylonians and Assyrians.
  • 4.
  • God and Mankind: Sin and Ethics, Theodicy, Life after Death.
  • 5.
  • Cults and Offerings: Priests, Temple Servants, Prophets.
  • 6.
  • Magic, Demons, Evil Powers, Sorcery.
  • 7.
  • Death and Burial
  • XIII.
  • Literature.
  • 1.
  • Overview: Tablet Series: Prose and Poetry.
  • 2.
  • Royal Inscriptions.
  • 3.
  • Myths and Epics.
  • 4.
  • Wisdom Literature and Humorous Poetry.
  • 5.
  • Hymns, Prayers, Laments, and Incantations.
  • 6.
  • Scientific Literature
  • XIV.
  • Building, Art, and Music.
  • 1.
  • Cultic Buildings and Palaces: Form and Decoration.
  • 2.
  • Sculpture and Modeling, Inlaid Work, and Miniature.
  • 3.
  • Music and Musical Instruments.
  • XV.
  • Concluding Observations and Remarks
  • Map of the Near East up to the Persian Period.