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A Companion to Assyria
Frahm, Eckhart, editor

Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018 pp. xiii + 634. $199.95

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Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World


Description: A Companion to Assyria is a collection of original essays on ancient Assyria written by key international scholars. These new scholarly contributions have substantially reshaped contemporary understanding of society and life in this ancient civilization. This wide-ranging Companion is broken down into sections covering the political, social, and economic history of Assyria from the third millennium BCE to the post-imperial period (609 BCE to AD 222), elements of Assyrian civilization, Assyria’s role in the Bible and in Greek and Roman sources, and the rediscovery of ancient Assyria and its significance for the Assyrian Christians of today. A Companion to Assyria is an in-depth exploration of Assyrian society and life, including the latest thought on cities, art, religion, literature, economy, and technology, and political and military history. As the first detailed English language overview of ancient Assyria published in fifty years, it is sure to be an important reference tool for scholars for years to come. Contributors include Ariel M. Bagg, Paul-Alain Bealieu, Aaron Michael Butts, Greta van Buylaere, Stephanie Dalley, Frederick Mario Fales, Jeanette C. Fincke, Eckhart Frahm, Andreas Fuchs, Stefan R. Hauser, Nils P. Heeßel, Stefan Jakob, Mogens Trolle Larsen, Mario Liverani, Alasdair Livingstone, Mikko Luukko, Stefan M. Maul, Cécile Michel, Karen Radner, Lauren Ristvet, Robert Rollinger, John M Russell, Jason Ur, Klaas R. Veenhof, and Shigeo Yamada.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Mesopotamian Literature, Assyrian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Archaeology, Reception History

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Review by Yoram Cohen
Published 7/11/2019
Citation: Yoram Cohen, review of Eckhart Frahm, ed., A Companion to Assyria, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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