DICTIONARY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST

Edited by PIOTR BIENKOWSKI and ALAN MILLARD
352pp 350 ILLUS 2010 OUT OF PRINT (P) R278

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This is the only single-volume dictionary to embrace the whole of the ancient Near East, covering Anatolia, Mesopotamia, the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula from the earliest times, through the Old Testament period, until the fall of Babylon to the Persians in 539 BC. The earliest farms, cities, governments, legal codes and alphabets developed in the ancient Near East. Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam began in the region. Ideas, inventions and institutions spread from the ancient Near East, known as the cradle of civilisation, to all parts of the globe. Written by scholars of international standing, extensive entries cover architecture, literature, economics, labour, religion and society, as well as subjects such as crime, dreams, drunkenness, shipwrecks and sexual behaviour (and misbehaviour). The book is richly illustrated with photographs, maps and plans of major sites.