9780691147260

The Ancient Near East: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures

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  • ISBN13:

    9780691147260

  • ISBN10:

    0691147264

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/8/2010
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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Summary

James Pritchard's classic anthologies of the ancient Near East have introduced generations of readers to texts essential for understanding the peoples and cultures of this important region. Now these two enduring works have been combined and integrated into one convenient and richly illustrated volume, with a new foreword that puts the translations in context.

With more than 130 reading selections and 300 photographs of ancient art, architecture, and artifacts, this volume provides a stimulating introduction to some of the most significant and widely studied texts of the ancient Near East, including the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Creation Epic (Enuma elish), the Code of Hammurabi, and the Baal Cycle. For students of history, religion, the Bible, archaeology, and anthropology, this anthology provides a wealth of material for understanding the ancient Near East.

-Represents the diverse cultures and languages of the ancient Near East--Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Canaanite, and Aramaic--in a wide range of genres:

--Historical texts

--Legal texts and treaties

--Inscriptions

--Hymns

--Didactic and wisdom literature

--Oracles and prophecies

--Love poetry and other literary texts

--Letters

-New foreword puts the classic translations in context

-More than 300 photographs document ancient art, architecture, and artifacts related to the texts

-Fully indexed

''Pritchard enlisted some of the best scholars of his day to translate myths from Mesopotamia, novellas from Egypt, and calendars from Palestine. They provide an amazing backdrop to reread, and in some cases reinterpret, the Bible. Furthermore, the translations themselves are works of art. . . . These translations have staying power. Not only do they convey the cultural environment of the biblical world but they do so with elegance and timeliness. The translators achieved an admirable balance of fidelity to the original compositions and imaginative creativity.'' - Books Culture

Author Biography

James B. Pritchard (1909-1997) was professor of religious thought at the University of Pennsylvania and curator of Syro-Palestinian archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Daniel E. Fleming is professor of Hebrew and Judaic studies at New York University.

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Extremely good March 19, 2011
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This textbook helps to have a background in Near Eastern history. The culture is emphasized in layman terms for better understanding. The book outlines the kingdoms of Samaria, Egypt, and also the tribes of the different nations along with an understanding of the people living in each one. I found it valuable. It really puts you back there to read actual letters and contracts, or to see the developments in poetic, narrative and visual arts. Recommended for anyone who is interested in studying the culture and writings of the ancients in the Near East.
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