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Title: Defining Neo-Elamite History
Author(s): HENKELMAN, W.F.M.
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 60    Issue: 3-4   Date: mei - augustus 2003   
Pages: 251-263
DOI: 10.2143/BIOR.60.3.2015620

Abstract :
“To examine traditionally-held perceptions of Neo-Elamite history and their validity and to offer new interpretations as well as directions for further research” (p. 1): there can be no mistake about the goals set by Matthew Waters for his monograph on Neo-Elamite history, a revised edition of the author’s doctoral dissertation (University of Pennsylvania 1997). A separate survey of Neo-Elamite history has certainly been a desideratum, especially given the progress made and the new insights gained since the publication of Elam, Surveys of Political History and Archaeology (1984) by E. Carter and M.W. Stolper. The new survey is laudable for gathering and analysing the available textual sources and offering an update of the status quo in the field. The author’s ample use of the Assyrian royal correspondence (hence the inclusion of the monograph in the State Archive of Assyria Studiesseries) increases the value of this study. As such it will undoubtedly be welcomed as a convenient and well-documented tool, particularly in combination with the chapter on the Neo-Elamite period in the recent The Archaeology of Elamby D. Potts (1999).

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