The Great Powers in Western Asia during the Late Bronze Age: Political and Cultural Cooperation and Confrontation
01 / 2006 - unknown
Western Asia during the Late Bronze Age (1500-1200 BC) was dominated by a number of major powers, all of them bearing to some extent a national profile, who were continuously in close contact with each other. This contact affected the political sphere no less than the cultural one, both being understood in the broadest sense of the word. By bringing together senior and junior scholars from various disciplines, the working group intends to do justice to this intriguingly complex situation. Developments within individual, now highly specialized areas of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, such as political history, economics, archaeology, cultural anthropology or literary scholarship, can thus be placed and critically discussed within a wider framework. Hence, the working group will considerably promote interdisciplinary cross-fertilization.