By Benjamin R Foster
The Age of Agade is the 1st book-length learn of the Akkadian interval of Mesopotamian historical past, which observed the increase and fall of the world’s first empire in the course of greater than a century of striking political, social, and cultural innovation. It attracts jointly greater than forty years of analysis by way of one of many world’s prime specialists in Assyriology to supply an exhaustive survey of the Akkadian empire.
Addressing all elements of the empire, together with its statecraft and armed forces, territory and towns, arts, faith, financial system, and creation, The Age of Agade considers what should be stated of Akkadian political and social heritage, fabric tradition, and way of life. a last bankruptcy additionally explores how the empire has been provided in sleek historiography, from the decipherment of cuneiform to the current, together with the huge study of Soviet historians, summarized right here in English for the 1st time. Drawing on contemporaneous written and artifactual assets, in addition to correct fabrics from succeeding generations, Foster introduces the reader to the wealth of proof to be had. Accessibly written by way of a consultant within the box, this booklet is a fascinating exam of a serious period within the heritage of early Mesopotamia.
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