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The Amorites and the Bronze Age Near East: The Making of a Regional Identity

Aaron A. Burke

In this book, Aaron A. Burke explores the evolution of Amorite identity in the Near East from ca. 2500-1500 BC. 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 BC. 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.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: May 11st, 2023
  • Pages: 456
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 10.00in - 7.00in - 0.93in - 1.74lb
  • EAN: 9781108811361
  • Categories: ArchaeologyAncient - General

About the Author

Burke, Aaron A.: - Aaron A. Burke is professor of Near Eastern archaeology and the Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written on warfare, culture and social change in the Bronze and Iron Ages.

Praise for this book

'The author successfully combines the textual evidence with archaeological sources and he provides a fitting hypothesis on the origin of the Amorite identities and how they evolved over a long stretch of time. Future studies on the Amorites will have to engage with this book and the ideas therein.' Rients de Boer, Bibliotheca Orientalis