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Volume 1: List of figures, List of maps, List of tables, Abbreviations, Preface, Introduction, Part I The development of states and cities (c. 3000 - c. 1600), 1. Mesopotamia in the Third Millennium BC, 2. Mesopotamia c.2000 - c. 1600: The Old Babylonian and Old Assyrian Periods, 3. Egypt From Dynasty I to Dynasty XVII (c. 3100/3000-1552, Part II The great powers (c. 1600 - c. 1050), 4. Imperial Egypt: The New Kingdom (1552/1550-1069), 5. The Hittites, 6. Syria and the Levant, 7. Mesopotamia c. 1600 - c. 900, Notes. Volume 2: List of figures, List of maps, List of tables, Abbreviations, Part III Political transformation and the great empires (c. 1200-330), 8. The Levant c. 1200 - c. 720, 9. The Neo-Assyrian Empire (934-610), 10. Anatolia c. 900 - c. 550, 11. Babylonia c. 900-539, 12. Egypt c. 1000-525, 13. The Achaemenid Empire (c. 550-330), Notes, Bibliography, Index.
Amelie Kuhrt is a Reader in Ancient History at University College London. She was co-organiser of the Achaemenid History Workshops (1983-1990). She has published a number of books on the ancient Near east, and is co-editor of Images of Women in Antiquity (Routledge 1993).
'Simply brilliant, a credit to publisher and author alike. Beautifully produced, it proves that scholarship of a high order on a subject of considerable complexity, with massive accompanying bibliography and footnotes, is yet compatible with solid readability. These are two magisterial volumes, unmatched by anything available today in coverage, scholarship and judgement.' - Literary Review 'A very comprehensive synthesis.' - Antiquity 'These beautifully written and lavishly produced volumes contain a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the history of the ancient Near East from the earliest documentary evidence to the conquest of Alexander the Great.' - Orientalia 'A magnificent handbook to a vast sweep of history, from 3000BC to Alexander the Great.' - Mary Beard, BBC History Magazine