Peter Fibiger Bang and Walter Scheidel

in The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780195188318
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History


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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the history of state formation in ancient North Africa and western Eurasia. The book aims to bridge the disciplinary gap between the study of the ancient Near East and the study of the ancient Mediterranean, exploring various factors that influenced state formation, including ideologies, political power, cooperation, exploitation, and military power. The areas covered in this study include Egypt, the Mesopotamian Empires, and the Anatolian States.

Keywords: state formation; ancient North Africa; ancient western Eurasia; ancient Near East; ancient Mediterranean; ideologies; political power; exploitation; military power; cooperation

Article.  855 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Law ; Classical History

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