The Arabian Gulf in Antiquity: From Prehistory to the Fall of the Achaemenid Empire

The Arabian Gulf in Antiquity: From Prehistory to the Fall of the Achaemenid Empire

by D. T. Potts
     
 

The Arabian Gulf has become in recent years one of the most promising new areas of research in ancient near-eastern archaeology. Until now, however, no attempt has been made to synthesize the archaeology and history of this region from the beginnings of human settlement to the rise of Islam. This magisterial two-volume work draws on a wide array of archaeological,

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The Arabian Gulf has become in recent years one of the most promising new areas of research in ancient near-eastern archaeology. Until now, however, no attempt has been made to synthesize the archaeology and history of this region from the beginnings of human settlement to the rise of Islam. This magisterial two-volume work draws on a wide array of archaeological, epigraphic, and literary sources to present the first comprehensive study of the area. Volume I covers the Pleistocene to the Achaemenian period, including almost all the published evidence for the prehistory and history of the Arabian Gulf. Volume II covers the period from Alexander the Great to the coming of Islam, including full discussion of the history of Christianity in the area. Both volumes are illustrated with numerous line drawings and plates.

Editorial Reviews

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"Not just a major contribution to the field of Gulf studies, but also an erudite and eloquent reminder of the great cultural heritage of the Gulf...and the inherest fragility of its natural features and artifacts."—Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"An admirable study....A comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of the history of this part of the world, the only such study available....This work will remain the standard well into the 21st century."—Choice

"Will be widely used and will prove very useful indeed to students of the southern shores of the Arabian Gulf....The monumental two-volume Arabian Gulf in Antiquity represents one of the very first attempts to write a synthesis on the archaeological work in the area."—American Journal of Archaeology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198143901
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1990
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.36(d)
Lexile:
1840L (what's this?)

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