This short passage is part of a section in a larger work dealing with the warfare and weapons of ancient Mesopotamia (chiefly during the Protoliterate and Early Dynastic periods), which the author hopes to complete in a not-too-distant future. The paper gives a brief history of weapon types more or less falling into the “knives-swords-daggers” category, leaving aside many other kinds of weapons. Thus, it omits lances, spears, javelins and axes — the most important and mass-produced types of weaponry at the early stages of Mesopotamian history. Describing weapons, the author mostly adheres to M.V. Gorelik’s classification .
Gasur archive is generally believed to have originated in the classic phase of the Sargonic period (i. e. at some point during the reign of Narām-Suen or Šar-kali-šarrē), primarily on the basis of the script and metrology used in these documents. The article offers an overview of the relevant chronological data found in the Gasur texts (including the date formulae and the evidence pertaining to the royal journey to Gasur) that seem to link the archive to the later phase of Narām-Suen’s reign.
The book describes bricks stamped with Aramaic and/or figural impressions from Babylon of the sixth century B.C. The book under review is not only a catalogue of bricks with Aramaic impressions and figurative stamps. The authors analyze catalogued items from several viewpoints, among which the most important are the following: 1) paleography and the significance of these documents for the history of Aramaic writing; 2) interpretation of the images found on Neo-Babylonian bricks; 3) onomastics and its bearing on the ethno-linguistic situation in Babylon during several decades of the sixth century B.C. The book of B. Sass and J. Marzahn provides sufficient comparative material for the sixth century Aramaic writing to help solving problems of dating some Aramaic texts.
The review gives a critical analysis of a recent book by the American Classicist John Dillery (University of Virginia) on the fragment of the Greek works by Ancient Oriental historians Manetho and Berossus