Levantine Epigraphy and History in the Achaemenid Period (539-322 BCE)

Hardcover | December 12, 2015

byANDRE LEMAIRE

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Inscriptions discovered since 1980 and fresh epigraph research have revealed much about the Archaeminid period in the Levant (533-332 BCE). Andre Lemaire concentrates on three areas where new data has shed light on the societies living in the largest empire that the world had known to thatdate.Phoenicia played a vital political and economic role in the empire because Persian kings had to rely on the Phoenician navy in their wars against Greece and Egypt in the Eastern Mediterranean. Newly discovered inscriptions from Byblos, Sidon and Tyre, as well as the results of research into coins,have illuminated the chronology, history and extent of the Phoenician kingdoms, as well as their influence in Palestine.New inscriptions have added to our knowledge of the Judean Diaspora in Babylonia, Egypt and Cyprus. The main indirect information about the Exiles previously available to us was in the book of Ezekiel. Now, epigraphic data has revealed not only many names of Exiles but how and where they lived andmore about their relationship with Jerusalem.The third region described is the Persian provinces of Samaria, Judaea and Idumaea, especially during the 4th century BCE. The publication of various, mainly Aramaic, contemporary inscriptions on papyri, ostraca, seals, seal-impressions and coins, sheds new light on the daily life and religion ofthese provinces. The insciptions help us to understand something of the chronology, society and culture of these three different provinces as well as several Biblical texts in their historical and economic contexts.With over 90 inscriptions illustrated and fully transcribed, this book provides new insight into a period that has proved difficult to study.

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Inscriptions discovered since 1980 and fresh epigraph research have revealed much about the Archaeminid period in the Levant (533-332 BCE). Andre Lemaire concentrates on three areas where new data has shed light on the societies living in the largest empire that the world had known to thatdate.Phoenicia played a vital political and eco...

Andre Lemaire has worked, first as a researcher in the French National Center for Scientific Research and later as "directeur d'etudes" in the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris), in the field of West Semitic epigraphy, Levantine history and Hebrew Bible in the first millennium BCE, for more than forty years. He has publ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:120 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197265898

ISBN - 13:9780197265895

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1. Levantine epigraphy and Phoenicia: the kingdoms of Aradus, Byblos, Sidon and Tyre during the Achaemenid period2. West Semitic epigraphy and the Judean Diaspora during the Achaemenid period: Babylonia, Egypt, Cyprus3. Levantine epigraphy and Samaria, Judaea and Idumaea during the Achaemenid period