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  • Ancient World, The: Readings in Social and Cultural History
    Ancient World, The: Readings in Social and Cultural History
  • Ancient World, The: Readings in Social and Cultural History
    Ancient World, The: Readings in Social and Cultural History


For courses in Ancient History (Ancient Near East - Egypt/Mesopotamia), Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome.    This collection of primary sources focusing on the social and cultural history of the Ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome is designed to encourage students to examine issues pertaining to a broad range of themes through the analysis of relevant ancient literary and non-literary texts.   Covering a wide variety of social and cultural concerns--ranging from marriage, family, war, and religion, to political culture, slavery, and entertainment--the texts are arranged thematically within a general chronological framework to provide a broad overview of life in the Ancient World.   Note: This volume is the companion reader to D. Brendan Nagle's The Ancient World: A Social and Cultural History, 7/e.

Author Biography

D. Brendan Nagle, University of Southern California 

Stanley M. Burstein, California State University, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

Temples and Priests
Flood Stories
The Flood in The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Flood in Genesis
Divinity and its Limitations
The Gods in Their Temples: A Sacred Marriage Drama
Sacred Prostitution
Covenant and Consequences
Hear O Israel! The Shema
The Covenant as a Marriage Contract: Hosea
The Call of the Prophet
Prophets and Palaces: Jeremiah Confronts the King
ldquo;I Will be With Him in Troublerdquo;: Personal Religion and Piety
Empire, Exile, and Monotheism
The Great Hymn to the Aten
Yahweh: The Lord of History
Tombs and Immortality
Book Writing: A New Form of Immortality
Caught in the Act: Ancient Egyptian Tomb Robbers
Palaces and Kings
Loyalty to the King: The Egyptian Theory of Government
But if Pharaoh Fails . . . ?
Women in Power
Ku Baba
Zakutu, Wife of Sennacherib
A Critique of Kingship: The Negative View of Samuel
War and Warfare
Sumerian Intercity Wars: Umma versus Lagash
Sargon of Akkad: The Idea of Empire
Egyptian Imperialism and Terror
Assyrian Use of Terror
The Fall of Jerusalem
The Horrors of Siege
POWs and MIAs
ldquo;A Palace of Cedar, Cypress, Juniper . . . and Tamariskrdquo;: Builders As Well As Destroyers
An Imperial Coup Drsquo;Etat: The Behistun Inscription of Darius I
ldquo;That the Strong Might Not Oppress the Weak, and That They Should Give Justice to Orphans and Widowsrdquo;
Hammurapirsquo;s Justice
ldquo;To Fill the Vast Land with a Plenitude of Food and Lasting Happiness: The Characteristics of a Perfect Kingshiprdquo;
The Justice of the Pharaoh
ldquo;They Carry the Sheaves, but Still Go Hungry; They Tread the Winepresses, yet Suffer Thirstrdquo;
A Model Persian Governor: Cyrus the Younger (ca. 400 B.C.)
Daily Life
Marriage and Property
Marriage and Children
Laws Regarding Sex
Disputes, Litigation, Punishment
Runaway Slaves
Crime and Punishment
Conducting Business
Papyrus Lansing: A Bureaucratrsquo;s View of Life
ldquo;Wash and Perfume Yourself and Put on Your Best Clothesrdquo;
The Origin and Spread of the Polis System
A Greek Definition of the Polis
Greek Life in the Eighth Century B.C. 1: ldquo;The Shield of Achillesrdquo;
Greek Life in the Eighth Century B.C. 2: Hesiodrsquo;s Works and Days
Colonization and the Expansion of the Polis System: The Case of Cyrene
Herodotusrsquo; Account
Oath of the Colonists
Greeks and Non-Greeks in the Greek Colonies: The Foundation of Lampsacus
Greeks and Scythians in the Black Sea: Coexistence and Interaction
Warfare and the Polis
The Aristocratic Warrior
The Warri
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