Ancient Syria: A Three Thousand Year History by Trevor Bryce

By Trevor Bryce

Syria has lengthy been essentially the most trouble-prone and politically unstable areas of the close to and center jap global. This e-book seems again past the worries of the current to inform the 3000-year tale of what got here earlier than: the peoples, towns, and kingdoms that arose, flourished, declined, and disappeared within the lands that now represent Syria, from the time of the region's earliest written documents within the 3rd millennium BC, throughout to the reign of the
Roman emperor Diocletian within the early 4th century AD.

Across the centuries, from the Bronze Age to Imperial Rome, we come upon an unlimited array of characters and civilizations, enlivening, enriching, and besmirching the annals of Syrian historical past: Hittite and Assyrian nice Kings; Egyptian pharaohs; Amorite robber-barons; the biblically infamous Nebuchadnezzar; Persia's Cyrus the good and Macedon's Alexander the good; the rulers of the Seleucid empire; and an collection of Rome's so much exotic and such a lot notorious emperors. All swept throughout the
plains of Syria at some point soon in her lengthy heritage. All contributed, in a single means or one other, to Syria's detailed, detailed personality, as they imposed themselves upon it, fought each other inside of it, or pillaged their means via it.

But this isn't only a historical past of invasion and oppression. Syria had nice rulers of her personal, native-born Syrian luminaries, occasionally showing as neighborhood champions who sought to free up their lands from international despots, occasionally as crafty, self-seeking manipulators of squabbles among their overlords. They culminate with Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, whose existence presents a becoming grand finale to the 1st 3 millennia of this old civilization. And but the lengthy tale of Syria does not
end with the mysterious destiny of Queen Zenobia. the realization appears to be like ahead to the Muslim conquest within the seventh century advert: in lots of methods the hole bankruptcy within the both advanced and infrequently bothered heritage of recent Syria.

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