An obtainable and authoritative assessment shooting the energy and variety of scholarship that exists at the transformative period of time referred to as overdue antiquity.
•Provides a vital assessment of present scholarship on overdue antiquity -- from among the accession of Diocletian in advert 284 and the top of Roman rule within the Mediterranean
•Comprises 39 essays from a number of the world's most excellent students of the period
•Presents this once-neglected interval as an age of robust transformation that formed the trendy international
•Emphasizes the imperative value of faith and its reference to monetary, social, and political life
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I. creation (Herbert Niehr) 1
II. background (Helene Sader) 11
1. Geographical and Chronological Scope 11
2. The resources for a background of the Aramaeans of historical Syria 13
3. The Aramaeans within the Iron Age I (1200–900 B. C. ): From Kin-Based teams to Polities 16
4. The Iron Age II: Aramaean Polities and the Assyrian Conquest 27
5. Concluding feedback 36
III. Society, associations, legislation, and economic climate (Dagmar Kuhn) 37
1. Society 37
2. associations 47
3. legislations and Jurisdiction 61
4. economic climate 62
IV. Language and Script (Holger Gzella) 71
1. advent 71
2. Script and Orthography 76
3. Phonology 79
4. Morphology and Morphosyntax 84
5. Syntax 105
6. Lexicon 105
V. Literature (Paolo Merlo) 109
1. advent 109
2. Terminology 109
3. evaluate on historical past and Literary Genres 110
4. old Narrative in Royal Inscriptions 111
5. components of spiritual Literature 117
6. knowledge Literature 123
VI. faith (Herbert Niehr) 127
1. creation 127
2. among the Tigris and Euphrates 128
3. From the Euphrates to the Mediterranean 150
4. heart Syria 193
5. Outlook 200
VII. artwork (Dominik Bonatz) 205
1. creation 205
2. enormous artwork in structure 208
3. Free-Standing Sculptures 225
4. Seals and Minor Arts 242
VIII. structure (Mirko Novak) 255
1. advent 255
2. urban making plans 256
3. Citadels and Fortifĳications 261
4. Palaces 265
5. Temples 267
6. homes and Workshops 270
7. end 271
IX. Outlook: Aramaeans outdoors of Syria 273
1. Assyria (Martti Nissinen) 273
2. Babylonia (Michael P. Streck) 297
3. Anatolia (Andre Lemaire) 319
4. Phoenicia (Herbert Niehr) 329
5. Palestine (Angelika Berlejung) 339
6. Egypt (Alejandro F. Botta) 366
7. Northern Arabia (Herbert Niehr) 378
X. Aramaean history (John F. Healey) 391
1. Edessa, Hatra, Palmyra 394
2. Mesopotamia, Judaea, Nabataea 398
3. components less than powerful Greco-Roman impact (Antioch to Dura Europos) 399
Index of people 453
Index of Deities 456
Index of Lands, Peoples, Tribes, towns, websites 458
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Extra info for A Companion to Late Antiquity (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)
Once several hundred people are living in a single settlement—whether we would call it a large village or a small city—it becomes essential to have some centralized authority to give direction to the community and resolve disputes. Gradually, as a result of this process, these large populations become qualitatively as well as quantitatively different from other societies around them. It is not just that there are more people crowded into a small space (be it a single city or a limited area of fertile farmland).
1 Chronological Table of the World’s Earliest Civilizations 6 Part I Background subject, but for the purposes of this volume we must content ourselves with a simple, if possible all-embracing, working deﬁnition that covers a great multitude of complex, early civilizations. ” The notion that “civilization” is a condition superior to “barbarism” underlay Victorian doctrines of racial superiority of more than a century ago and lives on today in the popular understanding of the word. But it has no place in archaeology.
They are egalitarian, with leadership coming from the experience and personal qualities of particular individuals rather than from political power.