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Ancient Damascus

A Historical Study of the Syrian City-State from Earliest Times until Its Fall to the Assyrians in 732 B.C.E.

by Wayne T. Pitard

Second printing 1995.


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This study is the first detailed synthesis of the epigraphic and archaeological evidence for ancient Damascus in this generation. Pitard surveys the geographical setting of the area, its development as the land of Apum in the Middle Bronze Age, growth in the Late Bronze Age, and the emergence of the powerful city-state in the Iron Age, including its relations with the Israelite kingdoms, and finally its fall at the hand of the Assyrians.

Product Details

Publisher: Eisenbrauns
Publication date: 1987
Bibliographic info: ix + 230 pages
Language(s): English


Cover: Cloth



"An excellent history of ancient Damascus...The book is exceedingly comfortable to read--a model of ancient Near Eastern studies."--J.M. Balcer, The Ohio State University in Choice(Dec. 1987)
"The subtitle of this work amply states its purpose...A very full bibligraphy is included, as well as indexes on geographical names, personal names, and biblical references."--T.P.M. in Old Testament Abstracts(Vol. 11, 1988)
"Throughout his command of primary materials, balanced judgments on other's work, and very readable style combine to make this a solid contribution and essential for library collections and for all scholars interested in Iron Age Israelite history in particular and ancient Near Eastern history more generally."--W. Lee Humphreys, University of Tennessee in Religious Studies Review(Vol. 14, No. 1, Jan. 1988)
"This volume's strengths lie in its detailed studies of relevant inscriptions giving reflections of Damascus and its role from the surrounding peoples/states/rulers whose paths, military or commercial, brought Damascus under view. Alternative scholarly views are fully acknowledged, some analyzed in detail, and where differences are registered, the data care clearly cited. The chief value of the work is its analyzing the relevant evidences textually, archaeologically, and historically in a single work on a site with both long and relevant history for biblical studies."--Catholic Biblical Quarterly(51, 1989)
"The book is a convenient collection of most of the material concerning Damascus and related problems. As such, it is a handy reference book. "--Gosta W. Ahlstrom, University of Chicago in Journal of Near Eastern Studies(Vol. 50, No. 2, April 1991)

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