The Ancient World in an age of globalization / ed. Geller (open-access e-book)

By Mary Fisk|September 12, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, History, Linguistics, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, South Asia|0 comments

Published as the latest volume in the Melammu series by the Freie Universität Berlin, The Ancient World in an age of globalization (edited by Markham J. Geller) looks at ancient societies from Greece to India, with articles on Phrygia and Armenia, and texts  from ancient Israel, Egypt, and Mesopotamia.

The globalization described in this volume extends over language barriers and literatures, showing how texts as well as goods can travel between societies and regions. This collection of papers offer new insights and perspectives into connections between the Mediterranean World, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Persia and India“(publisher’s information)

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Table of Contents

Preface: The globalization of knowledge in the Ancient Near East / J. Renn

Introduction to Melammu: Early globalization / M. J. Geller

1. Globalization of religion: Jewish cosmology in its Ancient Near Eastern context / Simo Parpola

2. Global monotheism: the contribution of the Israelite prophets / Baruch A. Levine

3. Globalization and imperialism: political and ideological reactions to the Assyrian presence in Syria (IXth–VIIIth Century BCE) /  Maria Grazia Masetti-Rouault

4. The Tale of the Wild Man and the Courtesan in India and Mesopotamia: The Seductions of Ṛśyaśṛnga in the Mahābhārata and Enkidu in the Epic of Gilgamesh /
Tzvi Abusch, Emily West

5. Globalization in literature: re-examining the Gilgameš affair / Cynthia Jean

6. Gilgamesh’s Plant of Rejuvenation and Qāṭīne’s Sīsīsāmbur / Nineb Lamassu

7. Some observations about “foreigners” in Babylonia during the VI century BCE /
Kabalan Moukarzel

8. The religious reform of Nabonidus: a sceptical view / Kabalan Moukarzel

9. New light on George Smith’s purchase of the Egibi Archive in 1876 from the Nachlass Mathewson / Strahil V. Panayotov, Cornelia Wunsch

10Phrygian bronzes in the Greek World: globalization through Cult? /  Maya Vassileva

11. Power and ritual in the Achaemenian royalty / Antonio Panaino

12. Religious ontology and taxonomic structures in Indo-Iranian oral poetry / Velizar Sadovski

13. Elements of “globalization” in ancient Iranian numismatics / Andrea Gariboldi

14. The spread of the cuneiform culture to the Urartian north (IX–VII Century BCE) /
Mirjo Salvini

15. India and world trade: from the beginnings to the Hellenistic Age / Klaus Karttunen

16. Ancient Near Eastern polities and the Greek polis: secondary states, structural similarities and the problem of diffusion / Kristoffer Momrak

17. Seeing otherwise: on the rules of comparison in historical humanities / Amar Annus

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