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Marc Van De Mieroop
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6 Nov 2009
The Eastern Mediterranean in the Age of Ramesses II offers a transnational perspective on the age of King Ramesses II of Egypt during the centuries of 1500 to 1200 BC. Shows how powerful states – stretching from western Iran to Greece and from Turkey to Sudan – jointly shaped the history, society, and culture of this region through both peaceful and military means Offers a straightforward narrative, current research, and rich illustrations Utilizes historical data from ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Hittites, Mycenaeans, Canaanites, and others Considers all members of these ancient societies, from commoners to royalty – exploring everything from people’s eating habits to royal negotiations over diplomatic marriages

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (6 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444332201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444332209
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 937,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Throughout the chapters, various basic problems of historical methodology from interaction to self–identification, from technological change to collapse are faced and explained in an easy but correct way." ( Recensiones , 2010)


“ The Eastern Mediterranean in the Age of Ramesses II offers a persuasive analysis of the earliest period for which we can reconstruct systematic connections among states in a whole region of the world. Marc Van De Mieroop shows that the elites of different cultures and civilizations were bound together by common interests and values while competing constantly with one another. This novel work contributes decisively to debates on the history of many periods and places.” – John Baines, University of Oxford “Van de Mieroop takes on a complex topic–the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the Late Bronze Age in the Middle East and Mediterranean world. The bibliographic essays, more like bibliographic notes, are very useful for further reading … .Recommended.” ( Choice Reviews , December 2008) “A refreshingly literate depiction … .Welcome broad–brush viewpoint to those of us who study … one culture at a time, and sorely need the wider lens.” ( )

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not since Redford's "Egypt, Canaan and Israel" volume has the topic of the Ancient Near East been so easy to understand. I had used Redford's book to teach undergraduates about the events of the Ancient Near East - Redford's book is a bit verbose at times and I had to go over material again and again. However, with this book, my students are finding it much easier to address questions of 'international' diplomacy and war. This book is succinct in relating the necessary information for anyone learning about the ancient Near East.

The only thing that I can see as a drawback to this volume, is that it doesn't reference some of its statements (opting to use the words 'scholars' instead of a specific author). However, it does make the ancient Near East easier to understand and is a good volume for someone new to the subject. Also, I would recommend it for anyone beginning postgraduate studies to get a good base from which to work from.

In short, buy this book (but opt for the paperback version).
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3.0 out of 5 stars More than Egypt 6 Feb 2010
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This was the required reading for an adult enrichment course in ancient history. For students familiar with Egyptian history, this book opens up the Mediterranean world, and deals with the interrelationships with other "states" or "empires". Many of the names, such as: Elam, Hatti, Ugarit, Hurrians, and Hittites, will be unfamiliar to a casual reader, but the author builds an interesting story of trade, shared literature, and cultures interacting in ways other than warfare.
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