The Amorites and the Bronze Age Near East: the making of a regional identity

1. Introduction : Amorites, their legacy, and the study of identity -- Communities at the margins : the origins of Amorite identity, 2500-2200 BC -- Beyond pastoralism : diaspora and opportunity, 2200-2000 BC -- Mercenaries and merchants : networks of political and economic power, 2000-1800 BC -- Co...

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Main Author: Burke, Aaron A. 1974-
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2021
In:Year: 2021
Edition:First edition
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Amurru / Geschichte 2500 v. Chr.-1500 v. Chr.
Further subjects:B Syria History To 333 B.C
B Middle East Antiquities
B Amorites
B Bronze Age (Middle East)
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Summary:1. Introduction : Amorites, their legacy, and the study of identity -- Communities at the margins : the origins of Amorite identity, 2500-2200 BC -- Beyond pastoralism : diaspora and opportunity, 2200-2000 BC -- Mercenaries and merchants : networks of political and economic power, 2000-1800 BC -- Competition and emulation : the Amorite koiné from Dilmun to Avaris, 1800-1550 BC -- Conclusion : Amorite identity in the long durée.
"In this book, Aaron A. Burke explores the evolution of Amorite identity in the Near East from ca. 2500-1500 B.C. He sets the emergence of a collective identity for the Amorites, one of the most famous groups in Ancient Near Eastern history, against the backdrop of both Akkadian imperial intervention and declining environmental conditions during this period. Tracing the migration of Amorite refugees from agropastoral communities into nearby regions, he shows how mercenarism in both Mesopotamia and Egypt played a central role in the acquisition of economic and political power between 2100 and 1900 B.C. Burke also examines how the establishment of Amorite kingdoms throughout the Near East relied on traditional means of legitimation, and how trade, warfare, and the exchange of personnel contributed to the establishment of an Amorite koiné. Offering a fresh approach to identity at different levels of social hierarchy over time and space, this volume contributes to broader questions related to identity for other ancient societies"--
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:1108495966