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Revolt and Resistance in the Ancient Classical World and the Near East : In the Crucible of Empire / edited by John J. Collins and J.G. Manning.

  • Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
  • ©2016
vi, 304 pages : illustration, map ; 25 cm.
  • Culture and history of the ancient Near East ; v. 85. [More in this series]
  • Culture and history of the ancient Near East, 1566-2055 ; volume 85
Summary note:
This collection of essays contains a state of the field discussion about the nature of revolt and resistance in the ancient world. While it does not cover the entire ancient world, it does focus in on the key revolts of the pre-Roman imperial world. Regardless of the exact sequence, it was an undeniable fact that the area we now call the Middle East witnessed a sequence of extensive empires in the second half of the last millennium BCE. At first, these spread from East to West (Assyria, Babylon, Persia). Then after the campaigns of Alexander, the direction of conquest was reversed. Despite the sense of inevitability, or of divinely ordained destiny, that one might get from the passages that speak of a sequence of world-empires, imperial rule was always contested. The essays in this volume consider some of the ways in which imperial rule was resisted and challenged, in the Assyrian, Persian, and Hellenistic (Seleucid and Ptolemaic) empires. Not every uprising considered in this volume would qualify as a revolution by this definition. Revolution indeed was on the far end of a spectrum of social responses to empire building, from resistance to unrest, to grain riots and peasant rebellions. The editors offer the volume as a means of furthering discussions on the nature and the drivers of resistance and revolution, the motivations for them as well as a summary of the events that have left their mark on our historical sources long after the dust had settled.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-292) and index.
Introduction / John J. Collins and J. G. Manning -- When is a revolt not a revolt? : a case for contingency / Erich S. Gruen -- Assyria and Babylonia. Revolts in the Assyrian empire : succession wars, rebellions against a false king, and independence movements / Karen Radner -- Assyria's demise as recompense : a note on narratives of resistance in Babylonia and Judah / Peter R. Bedford -- Revolts in the Neo-Assyrian empire : a preliminary discourse analysis / Eckart Frahm -- The Persian Empire. Xerxes and the oathbreakers : empire and rebellion on the northwestern front / Matt Waters -- Cyrus the younger and Artaxerxes II, 401 BC : an Achaemenid civil war reconsidered / John Lee -- Resistance, revolt and revolution in Achaemenid Persia : a response / Elspeth R. M. Dusinberre -- The Ptolemaic Kingdom. Revolting subjects : empires and insurrection, ancient and modern / Brian McGing -- Revolts under the Ptolemies : a paleoclimatological perspective / Francis Ludlow and J. G. Manning -- The Seleucid Empire. Resistance and revolt . the case of the Maccabees / Robert Doran -- Temple or taxes? : what sparked the Maccabean revolt? / John J. Collins -- The Roman Empire. The importance of perspective : the Jewish-Roman conflict of 66-70 CE as a revolution / James McLaren and Martin Goodman -- Josephus, Jewish resistance and the Masada myth / Tessa Rajak -- The impact of the Jewish rebellions, 66-135 CE : destruction or provincialization? / Seth Schwartz.
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  • 9004330178
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