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The Eastern Mediterranean in the Age of Ramesses II
By Marc Van De Mieroop


The Eastern Mediterranean in the Age of Ramesses II

The Eastern Mediterranean in the Age of Ramesses II

By Marc Van De Mieroop

Blackwell Publishing Ltd.; April 2008

The Eastern Mediterranean in the Age of Ramesses II offers a transnational perspective on the age of King Ramesses II of Egypt during the centuries of 1500 to 1200 BC.

Shows how powerful states - stretching from western Iran to Greece and from Turkey to Sudan - jointly shaped the history, society, and culture of this region through both peaceful and military means

Offers a straightforward narrative, current research, and rich illustrations

Utilizes historical data from ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Hittites, Mycenaeans, Canaanites, and others

Considers all members of these ancient societies, from commoners to royalty - exploring everything from peopleís eating habits to royal negotiations over diplomatic marriages


Professor Marc Van De Mieroop

Marc Van De Mieroop, professor, is a specialist of the history of the ancient Near East from the beginning of writing to the age of Alexander of Macedon. Besides teaching at Columbia University, he has taught at the University of Oxford and at Yale University.

He is the author of more than 80 articles and reviews, and has published 16 books on various aspects of ancient Near Eastern history. His interests include socio-economic and political history, and he has written extensively on historical methodology as it applies to his field of study. His most recent books include A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000Ė323 B.C. (2004, rev. ed. 2007); King Hammurabi of Babylon: A Biography (2005); The Eastern Mediterranean in the Age of Ramesses II (2007), and A History of Ancient Egypt (2011). A multi-authored textbook on World History in which he treats the ancient world until the fifth century C.E. is about to appear. His current research focuses on the intellectual history of ancient Babylonia.


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