First volume of the Oxford History of the Ancient Near East, edited by Dan Potts together with Karen Radner (Munich) and Nadine Moeller (Yale) published


The first volume of the five volume Oxford History of the Ancient Near East, edited by Karen Radner (Munich), Nadine Moeller (Yale) and Dan Potts (ISAW) has just been published. Volume I: From the Beginnings to Old Kingdom Egypt and the Dynasty of Akkad includes ten chapters by a diverse group of internationally recognized scholars: Prehistoric Western Asia (Peter M.M.G. Akkermans), Prehistoric Egypt (E. Christiana Köhler), The Uruk Phenomenon (Gebhard J. Selz), Early Dynastic Egypt (Laurel Bestock), Egypt's Old Kingdom: A View from Within (Miroslav Bárta), Egypt's Old Kingdom in Contact with the World (Pierre Tallet), Egypt's Old Kingdom: Perspectives on Culture and Society (Richard Bussmann), The Early Dynastic Near East (Vitali Bartash), The Kingdom of Akkad: A View from Within (Ingo Schrakamp) and The Kingdom of Akkad in Contact with the World (Piotr Michalowski). Envisioned as the successor of the much loved but now sadly out of date Cambridge Ancient History series, the Oxford History strives for a comprehensive, comparative and integrative approach to Egypt and Western Asia, that showcases the latest epigraphic and archaeological discoveries in chapters that will be of use to both students and professionals alike.