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Letters of the Great Kings of the Ancient Near East: The Royal Correspondence of the Late Bronze Age Hardcover – December 18, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0415258579 ISBN-10: 041525857X Edition: New Ed

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'a very useful chronology... Bryce gathers and condenses an enormous amount of primary literature that allows the reader almost unfettered access to the world of the Late Bronze Age.' - Classics Ireland

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Trevor Bryce is an honorary Research Consultant in the University of Queensland and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. His previous publications include The Kingdom of the Hittites (1998) and Life and Society in the Hittite World (2002).
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (December 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041525857X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415258579
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,066,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Boyce on January 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Bryce is a writer who brings history excitingly to life. This book covers the last 500 years of the bronze age, which separates the era of the city states on one hand and - after an interim "dark age" - the great empires of the first millenium on the other.

Bryce explores this world through the medium of the written archives of the 5 great states that dominated this world over the bulk of this period. It is an exciting and readable story, which I completed over the course of a single weekend. Bryce does not pretend that this tells the complete picture of these societies - it is the picture of an elite at work, rest and play - but it is a wonderful overview that is well worthy of the tradition of Herodotus.

I docked one star because there were occasional signs of hasty writing / proofediting that marred my reading enjoyment. I made some notes from one single page near the end of the book, page 228.

para 4, first sentence "But it may not have failed entirely." It's not immediately obvious what the subject "it" refers to, and might be better phrased "But the viceroy's rebuke may not have been entirely without effect."

On the next line, "cap-ability" the hyphen is missing (I was left wondering for a few seconds what a "defence cap ability" was!)

And finally the penultimate paragraph, first sentence "The letter was found in the house of Rapanu." Who or what is Rapanu - i had to refer to the index to be reminded he had cropped up in a previous chapter. The sentence would be better formulated for the reader, "This letter, found in the house of a senior citizen of Ugarit named Rapanu, shows that it was clearly...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hallstatt Prince on May 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that should appeal to many readers not just those with an interest in ancient history. Although many might think this a niche book it has great anthropological and sociological implications and the author makes the correspondence between these great civilizations quite readable. The introduction which gives the reader historical background will put the general reader well at ease. Incredibly fascinating and recommended.
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