Temporality and periodization in ancient near eastern history

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Abstract

In this article I consider the issues of temporality and periodization in the ancient Near East under three rubrics: how modern scholars have periodized ancient Near Eastern history, how societies of the ancient Near East periodized their own history, and, more broadly, how they conceptualized the temporal dimensions of their world and mapped themselves onto time. In each case I illustrate the issue with a selection of examples, which in no way represent comprehensive coverage. Under the last rubric, I focus on Sumer and Akkad.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-143
Number of pages31
JournalSocial Science History
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 21 2012

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