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Author Hamblin, William James.

Title Warfare in the ancient Near East to 1600 BC : holy warriors at the dawn of history / William J. Hamblin
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 517 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Warfare and history
Warfare and history.
Contents The Neolithic Age and the origin of warfare {to c. 3000} -- Early dynastic Mesopotamia {3500-2334} -- The Akkadian empire {2334-2190} -- The Neo-Sumerian period {2190-2004} -- War-carts and chariots -- Middle Bronze Mesopotamia {c. 2000-1600} -- Warfare in the age of Mari -- Mesopotamian siegecraft -- Syria and Lebanon -- Canaan -- Anatolia -- Pre-dynastic and early dynastic Egypt {3500-2687} -- Old Kingdom Egypt {2687-2181} -- Warfare during the Old Kingdom -- First intermediate period Egypt {2190-2061} -- Middle Kingdom Egypt {2061-1786} -- The military system of the Middle Kingdom -- Early second intermediate period Egypt {1786-1667}
Summary "Drawing on an extensive range of textual, artistic, and archaeological data, Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC offers a detailed analysis of the military technology, ideology, and practices of Near Eastern warfare, focusing on key topics including : recruitment and training of the soldiers; the logistics and weaponry of warfare, with emphasis on the shift from stone to metal weapons; the role played by magic; narratives of combat and artistic representations of battle; the origins and development of the chariot as a mode of military transportation; fortifications and siegecraft; and developments in naval warfare. Hamblin pays particular attention to the earliest-known examples of holy war ideology in Mesopotamia and Egypt, and argues that this era laid the foundation for later Near Eastern concepts of holy war, and that such understandings remain of vital significance in the world today." "Illustrated throughout, including maps of the region, this book is essential for experts and non-specialists alike."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 494-506) and index
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Subject Military art and science -- Middle East -- History
Military history, Ancient.
HISTORY -- Military -- Pictorial.
Military art and science.
Military history, Ancient.
Religious aspects of war.
Egypt -- History, Military -- To 1500
Middle East -- History, Military -- Religious aspects
Middle East -- History, Military -- To 1500
Middle East.
Genre/Form History.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203965566