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A Historical Geography of Anatolia in the Old Assyrian Colony Period

This book presents a revised model of the historical geography of Anatolia during the Old Assyrian Colony Period (c. 1969-1715 BC) based on topographical, archaeological and written records. It challenges traditional views of Anatolian geography by using arguments based on logistics, infrastructure and the organisation of trade, and suggests a new interpretation focussed on central markets, fluctuating prices and interlocking regional systems of exchange. The historical implications of this revised geography for Old Assyrian and early Hittite history and Bronze Age archaeology are also extensively discussed. The book contains translations and discussions of passages from hundreds of published and unpublished Old Assyrian texts and provides a comprehensive inventory of Anatolian toponyms, accompanied by numerous photographs and maps.

537 pages | © 2011


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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Graphs, Figures and Maps

1. Infrastructure of Trade
    Appendix 1.1 Selected references to guides
    Appendix 1.2 Selected references to fast transports
    Appendix 1.3 Selected references to roads
    Appendix 1.4 Selected references to transport-wagons
    Appendix 1.5 Selected references to guards and guard posts
2. Historical Geography
    Appendix 2.1 List of excavated sites
    Appendix 2.2 List of important surveyed sites
    Appendix 2.3 List of surveys
3. Landscape
4. The Lands East of Kaneš
5. The Lands North and West of Kaneš
6. Beyond Geography

    A. Texts Cited or Discussed
    B. Glossary
    C. Individuals
    D. Divinities
    E. Toponyms
    F. General Index

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