The Pax Assyriaca: The Historical Evolution of Civilisations and the Archaeology of Empires [Paperback]

Benjamin Toro(Author)

ISBN: 9781789690620 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2022 | 1 | H11.5 x W8,
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The Pax Assyriaca


This volume provides a study of the evolutionary process of ancient civilizations, stressing the comparison between theoretical principles and relevant historical and archaeological evidence. For this reason, the study focusses on the origin, development and collapse of the first stage of the ‘Central Civilization’, which was the result of the merger of two primeval civilizations, Mesopotamia and Egypt, during the ‘Near Eastern phase’ of this Central Civilisation. This merger seems to have been the result of the political expansion of an imperial entity coming from Mesopotamia under the aegis of the so-called Neo-Assyrian Empire from 1000 BC to 600 BC – better known as the Pax Assyriaca – although the process of full integration with Egypt seems to have been concluded, according to the archaeological records, only by the successor empires of Assyria circa 430 BC.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTIONThe Concept of CivilizationHistorical Evolution of CivilisationsCHAPTER 1The Historical Evolution of the Ancient Near East and the Rise of the Assyrian PhenomenonThe Ancient Near East as Geopolitical EntityThe Land of Mesopotamia as the Cradle of CivilisationThe Mesopotamian SymbiosisThe Assyrian PhenomenonThe Ancient Near East and the ‘Catastrophe’ at the End of the Bronze AgeCHAPTER 2The Neo-Assyrian Empire and the Pax AssyriacaThe Meaning of ‘Empire’ and its Principal DimensionsThe Neo-Assyrian Expansion and its Peripheral Politics of DominationThe Neo-Assyrian Hierarchy of its Imperial CoreThe Neo-Assyrian Order and its Global ContextCHAPTER 3Ancient Egypt and the Pax AssyriacaGeneral Introduction to the Egyptian CivilisationAncient Egypt and the Neo-Assyrian’s Peripheral Politics of DominationAncient Egypt and the Neo-Assyrian Imperial CoreAncient Egypt and the Neo-Assyrian Order in its Global ContextCHAPTER 4The Collapse of the Pax AssyriacaThe Collapse of the Neo-Assyrian EmpireAncient Egypt and the Collapse of the Neo-Assyrian EmpireCONCLUSIONBIBLIOGRAPHY

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