Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2014. — 290 pp. — (Topoi. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World. Vol. 17). — ISBN 978-3-11-026641-2.The Mittani empire is one of the most enigmatic political structures in Mesopotamian history. Reconstructing the emergence and the organisation of this state, whose territory encompassed Upper Mesopotamia touching the Levant and the piedmont plains of the Zagros in the East at the height of its power, is exceedingly difficult. Cuneiform specialists, archeologists and historians discuss the Mittani state with regard to modes of spatial organisation co- and preexisting in the region.Introduction. Imperial Constructs – Modes of Governance. Eva von Dassow. Levantine Polities under Mittanian Hegemony. Adelheid Otto. The Organisation of Residential Space in the Mittani Kingdom as a Mirror of Different Models of Governance. Stefano de Martino. The Mittani State: The Formation of the Kingdom of Mittani. Jörg Klinger. The Imperial Space – The Early Hittite Kingdom. Political Landscapes – Antecedents in Upper Mesopotamia. Maria G. Biga. Inherited Space – Third Millennium Political and Cultural Landscape. Cécile Michel. Central Anatolia in the Nineteenth and Eighteenth Centuries BC. Jesper Eidem. The Kingdom of Šamšī-Adad and its Legacies. Michaël Guichard. Political Space – Local Political Structures in Northern Syria: The Case of the Country of Ida-Maras· in the Eighteenth Century BC. Cultural Landscapes – Regional Diversity vs. Political Unity. Diederik J. W. Meijer. Marginal and Steppic Areas as Sources for Archaeological Debate: A case for “Active Symbiosis” of Town and Country. Rafal Koliński. Settled Space. Evidence for Changes in Settlement Patterns of Northern Mesopotamia at the Advent and at the Turn of the Mittani Era. Bertille Lyonnet, Xavier Faivre. The Settlement Pattern of the Western Upper Khabur from the Old Babylonian Period to the End of the Mittani Era. Grégory Chambon. Spaces of Measures and Numbers in Upper Mesopotamia. Reflections. Norman Yoffee. The Age of Opportunity: Social and Political Transitions in Mid-Second Millennium BC Mesopotamia. Glenn M. Schwartz. Reflections on the Mittani Emergence.
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