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Ancient Near East

The ancient Near East refers to early civilizations in a region roughly corresponding to the modern Middle East: Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Syria), Anatolia (modern Turkey), the Levant (modern Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan), as well as Persia (modern Iran), and Ancient Egypt, from the beginnings of Sumer in the 6th millennium BCE until the region's conquest by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE.

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The Monuments of Nineveh

From Drawings Made on the Spot
ISBN: 1-59333-068-5
The companion volume to Nineveh and Its Remains. This large (11x17), handsome volume, carefully reproduced from the original edition of 1849-53, and bound in deluxe cloth, contains 170 drawings made by Layard of sculptures, bas-reliefs, and other objects discovered by him among the ruins of Nineveh.
$1,268.00 $294.00

One Writing . . . Numerous Readings

ISBN: 1-59333-231-9
This work aims at explaining how the recension of the Ugaritic text--based on the Northwest Semitic Philological Data Bank--originated and how it is produced.
$117.60

American Journal of Ancient History (New Series 3-4, 2004-2005 [2007])

3-4
Edited by T. Corey Brennan
ISBN: 978-1-59333-782-7
The continuation of the historic American Journal of Ancient History this volume contains nine articles and comprises the contents of volumes 3 and 4 of the New Series (2004-2005 [2007]).
$75.00

Central Sanctuary and Centralization of Worship in Ancient Israel

From the Settlement to the Building of Solomon's Temple
ISBN: 1-59333-157-6
This book provides the first major reinvestigation and reinterpretation of the history of centralization of worship in ancient Israel since de Wette and Wellhausen in the nineteenth century. Old Testament scholarship has thus far relied on the consensus that the book of Deuteronomy is the product of late monarchic Judah (7th century BC). Pitkanen places the biblical material in its archaeological and ancient Near Eastern context and pays special attention to rhetorical analysis. The author suggests that the book of Joshua, as well as its sources (such as Deuteronomy) may have originated as early as before the disaster of Aphek and the rejection of Shiloh.
$74.40

The Akītu Festival (hardback)

Religious Continuity and Royal Legitimation in Mesopotamia
ISBN: 1-59333-158-4
The akītu festival is one of the oldest recorded religious festivals in the world, celebrated for several millennia throughout ancient Mesopotamia. Yet, the akītu was more than just a religious ceremony; it acted as a political device to ensure the supremacy of the king, the national god, and his capital city. Using tools of social anthropology and ritual analysis, this book presents a detailed reconstruction of the festival events and its attendant rituals to demonstrate how the festival became a propagandistic tool wielded by the monarchy and ruling classes. The akītu festival demonstrates the effectiveness of religion as a political tool.
$74.40

Explorations in Bible Lands During the 19th Century

ISBN: 1-59333-116-9
This book is a historical sketch of archaeological explorations of the biblical lands of Assyria, Babylonia, Palestine, Egypt, Arabia and Hittite areas. It conceives the resurrection of the principal ancient nations of Western Asia and Egypt. Contains nearly 200 illustrations and four maps.
$86.40

Amurath to Amurath: A Journey Along the Banks of the Euphrates

ISBN: 1-59333-153-3
Gertrude Bell, the well-known explorer and archaeologist, began her extensive travels in the Near East in 1892. In her trips, she surveyed and photographed the areas which she visited and investigated archeological sites.
$53.40

The Land of Moab: Travels & Discoveries on the East Side of the Dead Sea & Jordan

ISBN: 1-59333-081-2
The object of Tristram's expedition was a careful examination of the then-contemporary state of a country frequently referred to in the Old Testament, and intimately connected with Jewish history, but which had not been traversed at leisure by any explorer since the fall of the Roman empire.
$117.00

The Tabernacle Menorah

A Synthetic Study of a Symbol from the Biblical Cult
ISBN: 1-59333-073-1
Through this comprehensive study of the Menorah, Carol Meyers demonstrates that its symbolic value comes to exceed its function as a source of light, for it symbolizes plant life, cosmic power, and ultimately the reality of the presence of the deity in the tabernacle.
$57.00

Nineveh and Its Palaces

The Discoveries of Botta and Layard, Applied to the Elucidation of Holy Writ
ISBN: 1-59333-067-7
The author presents the discoveries of Botta and Layard and applies them to the writings of the Bible. This third edition charts all the discoveries made in the 1800s with chronological tables. The volume contains 273 illustrations.
$135.00

The Administrative and Economic Ur III Texts from the City of Ur

ISBN: 1-59333-065-0
This reference book makes the 3284 administrative and economic Ur III texts accessible to Sumerologists and scholars from related fields.
$50.40

American Journal of Ancient History (New Series 2.2, 2003 [2007])

2.2
Edited by T. Corey Brennan
ISBN: 978-1-59333-746-9
The continuation of the historic American Journal of Ancient History this volume contains three articles: “Urartu and the Medikos logos of Herodotus” by Laura D. Steele, “‘The athletes of war’: An evaluation of the agonistic elements in Greek warfare” by John Dayton, and “Agesilaus’ Egyptian enterprise” by Stephen Ruzicka. This is volume 2, number 2 of the New Series (2003 [2007]).
$53.40

The Book of Calendars

Conversion Tables for Ancient, African, Near Eastern, Indian, Asian, Central American and Western Calendars
ISBN: 1-931956-76-6
The book provides easy-to-use tables that translate the calendars of over sixty civilizations into the Julian and Gregorian calendars. An indispensable tool for scholars.
$75.60

Thebes [Modern Luxor]: Its Tombs and Their Tenants, Ancient & Present

Includes a record of Excavations in the Necropolis
ISBN: 1-931956-44-8
Rhind's book on Thebes is unique in that unlike many other Egyptologists of his time, he gives a precise and detailed description of how he excavated the sites, in itself an immense value to the history of archaeology.
$105.00

The Hidden Pearl: The Aramaic Heritage

ISBN: 1-931956-99-5
An unprecedented book and album set on the Aramaic heritage, including three one-hour documentary video tapes. Vol. I covers the ancient Aramaic heritage, vol. II is on the heirs of the heritage, and vol. III covers one of the witness communities today.
$120.00

Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon; With Travels in Armenia, Kurdistan, and the Desert

ISBN: 1-931956-50-2
In this sequel to the author's Nineveh and Its Remains, and containing over 200 illustrations, Layard describes the second expedition he undertook to Nineveh. His words raise questions of cultural imperialism and epistemology central to modern critical debates.
$158.40

Mari and Karana: Two Old Babylonian Cities

With a New Introduction by the Author
ISBN: 1-931956-02-2
A study on all the social and historical aspects of Mari and Karana, this book provides an account of life in the nineteenth century BCE. Illustrations with photographs and drawings of objects uncovered during excavations provide a lively counterpart to the texts themselves, many of which are quoted in translation.
$54.00

Assyrian Discoveries

ISBN: 1-931956-03-0
The book was written to give in a permanent form some account of the excavations undertaken in 1873 and 1874 on the site of Nineveh, and the principle discoveries which have resulted from these operations.
$123.60

From Constantinople to the Home of Omar Khayyam

ISBN: 0-9715986-4-9
This is a travel book of historic and literary research through transcaucasia and Northern Persia, with over 250 pictures depicting sites and daily life.
$94.20

Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana, and Babylonia (2-volume set)

Layard relates fascinating tales of his adventures in Persia and Mesopotamia before the discovery of Nineveh.
From $125.40

Iconea 2009-2010

Proceedings of the International Conference of Near Eastern Archaeomusicology. Université de la Sorbonne Paris IV November 25, 26 and 27, 2009 and at the University of London, Senate House December 13, 14 and 15, 2010
Series: Iconea 1
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0182-1
ICONEA is the only publication exclusively dedicated to the archaeomusicology of Near and Middle Eastern cultures from its Sumerian origins to the dawn of Christianity. ICONEA also publishes papers of comparative archaeomusicology with contemporaneous neighbouring cultures.
$56.40

Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage in the Balkans and Anatolia (2-volume set)

F. W. Hasluck was a British traveller and scholar of the early twentieth century. This two-volume collection of essays looks at Hasluck and his archaeological and anthropological studies in the Balkans and Anatolia.
From $109.20

The Hidden Pearl

Vol. 1: The Ancient Aramaic Heritage
ISBN: 1-931956-99-5-1
Aramaic, the language of Jesus of Nazareth, was the lingua franca of the Middle East for over a thousand years before Arabic became widespread. During the time of the Achaemenid Persian Empire it became the official language of the state, and was in use from Afghanistan to western Iran to the Mediterranean and down to the south of Egypt. This volume tells the story of the transition of Aramaic from its humble beginnings in the first millennium B.C. to its height as a truly international language. Includes both color and black and white illustrations.
$50.00

The Hidden Pearl

Vol. 3: At the Turn of the Third Millennium; The Syrian Orthodox Witness
ISBN: 1-931956-99-5-3
Despite tremendous challenges, Syriac culture and language has survived to the present day. However, massacres and forced migrations have forced Syriac communities to seek homes outside the Middle East, including Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, America, and Australia. This volume looks at the changing face of Syriac culture in the new millennium and in particular the measures that are being taken to successfully adapt to its new environments. Includes color photographs.
$50.00