The new book by Salvatore Gaspa “Textiles in the Neo-Assyrian Empire.
A Study of Terminology” (Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Records 19),
Boston-Berlin: De Gruyter 2018, Pp. 443, 22 figs., 4 tables, ISBN
978-1-5015-1074-8, presents for the first time a systematic and
interdisciplinary study on production and consumption of textiles in
the Neo-Assyrian Empire and, more importantly, collects and discusses
the lexicon of textiles (fibres, manufacturing processes, professions,
tools, decorations and finished products) from the entire
documentation of the Neo-Assyrian archives. The study is completed by
an analysis of the administrative management of textile production and
distribution by the Assyrian State and of the role played by these
products in economy, palatine culture, cultic and military activities
of the first empire of the ancient world. The book also includes a new
edition of some administrative documents dealing with textiles kept at
the British Museum.