The Ammonites: Elites, Empires, and Sociopolitical Change (1000-500 BCE)

Craig W. Tyson

The Ammonites: Elites, Empires, and Sociopolitical Change (1000-500 BCE)
The Ammonites: Elites, Empires, and Sociopolitical Change (1000-500 BCE)

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This book investigates the archaeological, epigraphic, and biblical evidence for the course of Ammon's history, setting it squarely within the context of ancient Near Eastern imperialism. Drawing on cross-cultural parallels from the archaeology of empires, Tyson elucidates the dynamic processes by which the local Ammonite elite made the cousins of biblical Israel visible to history. Tyson explains changes in the region of Ammon during the Iron Age II, namely the increasing numbers of locally produced elite items as well as imports, growth in the use of writing for administrative and display purposes, and larger numbers of sedentary settlements; in the light of the transformative role that the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian empires played in the ancient Near East. The study also widens the conversation to consider cross-cultural examples of how empires affect peripheral societies.

  • Table Of Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • Ch 1: INTRODUCTION
  • Ch 2: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE AMMAN PLATEAU
  • Ch 3: EPIGRAPHIC SOURCES FOR AMMONITE HISTORY
  • Ch 4: BIBLICAL AND POSTBIBLICAL SOURCES FOR AMMONITE HISTORY
  • Ch 5: NEO-ASSYRIAN AND NEO-BABYLONIAN IMPERIALISM
  • Ch 6: THE ECONOMY OF THE AMMAN PLATEAU
  • Ch 7: SOCIETAL CHANGE IN THE IRON AGE
  • Ch 8: CONCLUSION
  • APPENDICES
  • Bibliography
  • Index of References
  • Index of Authors


Pages: 312
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2015
ISBN-10: 0567665291
ISBN-13: 9780567665294

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