Ancient Syria : a three thousand year history

Trevor Bryce

Syria has long been one of the most trouble-prone and politically volatile regions of the Near and Middle Eastern world. This book looks back beyond the troubles of the present to tell the 3000-year story of what came before: the peoples, cities, and kingdoms that arose, flourished, declined, and disappeared in the lands that now constitute Syria, from the time of the region's earliest written records in the third millennium BC, right through to the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century AD. Across the centuries, from the Bronze Age to Imperial Rome, we encounter a vast array of characters and civilizations, enlivening, enriching, and besmirching the annals of Syrian history: Hittite and Assyrian Great Kings; Egyptian pharaohs; Amorite robber-barons; the biblically notorious Nebuchadnezzar; Persia's Cyrus the Great and Macedon's Alexander the Great; the rulers of the Seleucid empire; and an assortment of Rome's most distinguished and most infamous emperors. All swept across the plains of Syria at some point in her long history. All contributed, in one way or another, to Syria's special, distinctive character, as they imposed themselves upon it, fought one another within it, or pillaged their way through it. But this is not just a history of invasion and oppression. Syria had great rulers of her own, native-born Syrian luminaries, sometimes appearing as local champions who sought to liberate their lands from foreign despots, sometimes as cunning, self-seeking manipulators of squabbles between their overlords. They culminate with Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, whose life provides a fitting grand finale to the first three millennia of this ancient civilization. And yet the long story of Syria does not end with the mysterious fate of Queen Zenobia. The conclusion looks forward to the Muslim conquest in the 7th century AD: in many ways the opening chapter in the equally complex and often troubled history of modern Syria.

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[目次]

  • The Tale to be Told
  • PART I: THE BRONZE AGES
  • 1. The First Kingdoms
  • 2. The International Intruders
  • 3. The Amorite Warrior-Chiefs
  • 4. The Empires Collide
  • 5. The End of an Era
  • PART II: FROM THE IRON AGE TO THE MACEDONIAN CONQUEST
  • 6. The Age of Iron
  • 7. The Wolf upon the Fold: the Neo-Assyrian Invasions
  • 8. From Nebuchadnezzar to Alexander
  • PART III: SYRIA UNDER SELEUCID RULE
  • 9. The Rise of the Seleucid Empire
  • 10. The Seleucid Empire in its Prime
  • 11. The Jewish Question: the Maccabean Reellion
  • 12. The Decline and Fall of the Seleucids
  • PART IV: SYRIA UNDER ROMAN RULE
  • 13. The Coming of the Romans
  • 14. Nabataean Excursus
  • 15. The Syrian Emperors
  • 16. The Crisis Years
  • PART V: THE RISE AND FALL OF PALMYRA
  • 17. From Desert Oasis to Royal Capital: the Story of Palmyra
  • 18. Syria's 'King of Kings': the Life and Death of Odenathus
  • 19. The Queen of the East: Zenobia
  • The Last Farewell
  • Appendix 1: King-Lists
  • Appendix 2: Literary Sources
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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書名 Ancient Syria : a three thousand year history
著作者等 Bryce, Trevor
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2014
版表示 1st ed
ページ数 xiv, 379 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 9780199646678
NCID BB16067715
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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