This book can be thoroughly recommended for anyone wishing to gain a broad overview of the history of ancient Syria. (Adam John Fraser, Palestine Exploration Quaterly
Bryce has outdone himself; a marvellous achievement. Reads as smoothly as a novel, but packed as full of facts as an encyclopedia. Bryce weaves together the threads of disparate cultures and centuries of civilization, creating the very fabric of history itself. (Eric H. Cline, The George Washington University, and author of Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction
sketches the history of Syria in a lively and fluid style. (Bibliotheca Orientalis
The author is an engaging writer and one quickly gets the impression that he has enjoyed researching and writing this book ... Professor Trevor Bryce's publication provides a lucid account that assists our understanding of Syria's historical importance and continuing strategic location. (Andrew Jamieson, Ancient Near Eastern Studies
About the Author
Trevor Bryce is an Honourary Research Consultant in the University of Queensland, and an Emeritus Professor of the University of New England, Australia, where he was Professor of Classics and Ancient History. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has been awarded an Australian Centenary medal for services to History. Although trained as a Classicist, primarily in Latin language and literature, most of his research has been conducted in the field of Near Eastern history and civilization, with some emphasis also on the links between the Classical and Near Eastern worlds. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Near Eastern history, including most recently The World of the Neo-Hittite Kingdoms
(2012, also published by Oxford University Press).