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Gorgias Studies in the Ancient Near East

This series publishes scholarly research focusing on the societies, material cultures, technologies, religions, and languages that emerged from Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Levant. Gorgias Studies in the Ancient Near East features studies with both humanistic and social scientific approaches. 

 

Series Editorial Board:

Ronald Wallenfels, New York University (Chair)

Paul Collins, Ashmolean Museum  

Aidan Dodson, Bristol                

Kay Kohlmeyer, HTW Berlin         

Adam Miglio, Wheaton                         

Beate Pongratz-Leisten, ISAW    

Seth Richardson, University of Chicago 

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Death and Burial in Iron Age Israel, Aram, and Phoenicia

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0640-6
Death and Burial uses archaeological and textual evidence to examine death and burial in Iron Age Israel and Aram. Despite dramatic differences in the religious systems of these peoples, this monograph demonstrates striking connections between their basic material and psychological frameworks for dealing with death.
$57.00

"As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah …": The Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations after 85 Years

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0416-7
Collected essays on aspects of daily life at the Israelite site of Tell en-Nasbeh (biblical Mizpah of Benjamin). These include: trade and economy, death and burial, metals, cooking, water management, curation of the site’s materials, and a site bibliography.
$57.00

Engraved on Stone

Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals and Seal Inscriptions in the Old Babylonian Period
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0167-8
Cylinder seals were important instruments in the Ancient Near East, and were used in Mesopotamia from the beginning of the third millennium BCE to the fifth century BCE. This volume presents an analysis of 1000 cylinder seals (including 70 that are not yet published) from the Old Babylonian period, including the Isin and Larsa dynasties, and uses this analysis as well as data from written texts of the period to answer questions relating to the seal cutters and the production of the seals.
$57.00

Tribe and State

The Dynamics of International Politics and the Reign of Zimri-Lim
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0249-1
This book analyzes Zimri-Lim’s interactions with sovereigns from the Habur and with Yamut-bal and Numha tribal polities. It describes how Zimri-Lim’s disproportionate dependence on tribal connections left him vulnerable when these alliances began to falter in his tenth regnal year.
$57.00

Can No Physician Be Found?

The Influence of Religion on Medical Pluralism in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Israel
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0248-4
Can No Physician be Found analyzes how religion, as an expression of a universal order, is applied to the medical practices in the cultures of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Israel. The comparative approach sheds light on how religious concepts shaped not only the particular medical identity of each society, but also how they can simultaneously participate in a broader medical culture spanning the ancient Near East.
$33.00

Facing an Empire

Hirbemerdon Tepe and the Upper Tigris Region during the Early Iron Age and Neo-Assyrian Period
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0146-3
Recent archaeological discoveries within the Upper Tigris region in Southeastern Turkey offer a unique opportunity to understand the dynamics of the Assyrian Empire borderlands. Within a few years most of the region will be irreversibly submerged, due to the construction of the Ilisu dam, the biggest hydroelectric power plant project in Turkey. It is of paramount importance to understand and record as much data as possible about the local communities and the foreign connections that flowered in this area.
$59.40

The Archaeology of Cult in Middle Bronze Age Canaan

The Sacred Area at Tel Haror, Israel
ISBN: 978-1-59333-791-9
What was Canaanite religion like during the Middle Bronze Age, at the time of the biblical patriarchs? This volume presents a theoretical model for identifying ritual behavior in the archaeological record, providing a test case using the rich material culture and structures that have been unearthed at the biblical city of Gerar (Tel Haror, Israel).
$59.40

A Comparison of Ancient Near Eastern Law Collections Prior to the First Millennium BC

ISBN: 978-1-59333-221-1
This book highlights and explains consistent differences in both the framing and content of the various pre-first millennium BC law collections of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Hatti. The differences between collections are placed in the broader background of the worldview and political make-up of the societies and individuals that created them, and their historical context.
$59.40

Homer and the Bronze Age

The Reflection of Humanistic Ideals in Diplomatic Practices
ISBN: 978-1-59333-985-2
Peter Karavites presents a revisionist overview of Homeric scholarship, whose purpose is to bridge the gap between the “positivist” and “negativist” theories dominant in the greater part of the twentieth century. His investigation derives new insights from Homer’s text and solves the age old question of the relationship between Homer and the Mycenaean age.
$59.40

The Other Mathematics

Language and Logic in Egyptian and in General
ISBN: 978-1-59333-369-0
This book is about attribute mathematics, in which nothing ever gets bigger or smaller. More specifically, it is about some of what attribute mathematics can do toward the full digitalization of thought and language. The matter is relevant not only directly to linguistics and philosophy but also indirectly to electrical engineering and neuroscience. The twenty-first century will be that of the brain. Human existence will gradually be turned inside out as tools such as genetics and Boolean algebra allow us to see ourselves function on the smallest scale while it is happening.
$59.40

Alphabet Scribes in the Land of Cuneiform

Sepīru Professionals in the Late Babylonian Period
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0635-2
This book treats the alphabet scribes in Mesopotamia in the Late Babylonian period (6th-5th centuries BCE). Bloch defends the understanding of the term sepīru as a designation of alphabet scribes, discusses the functions of sepīru professionals in Babylonia, and discusses their ethnic origins, with special attention to the participation of Judeans in Babylonia in this profession. The monograph includes translations of over 100 Late Babylonian economic, legal, and administrative documents.
$57.00