A new book highlights Ugarit as a model of integrated civilization

With the participation of a number of researchers, translators and critics, a symposium was held  at the Cultural Center in Abu Rummaneh in Damascus to review  the  researcher Dr.  Eyad Yunes’s new book  entitled “The Economy of the Mediterranean in the Fourteenth and Thirteenth Centuries BC .. The Kingdom of Ugarit as a Model”. 

The author of the book Dr. Yunes told SANA  that economic researches  in the field of ancient historical studies are emerging due to the interest of most historians in what is known as political history, whose events focus on  the ruling personality at a time when most of the economic life of ancient civilized societies remains in limbo.

He pointed out that his book concentrated on studying the reality of a nation  that  achieved  an integrated civilization despite its difficult geographical nature . 

 Dr. Yunes  stressed that Ugarit’s  distinguished  site made it occupy  an important position on the ancient civilizations map , adding through research we realized  have the greatness  of the Syrian Ugaritic  human being and how he worked to build an integrated economy despite the narrow agricultural areas and the ruggedness of some areas.

On his part, the translator and researcher Ahmed Al-Ibrahim said that  Yunes’s book  is of great importance as  it takes us on an interesting journey through ancient Syrian history, not inside the palaces of kings and sultans, but in the plateaus and plains and between the streets of ancient cities.

Al-Ibrahim added that the book made  us see how the son of this land used to cultivate his land, write his civilization and manage his affairs through an advanced economic mechanism and state institutions within a great city.

He considered the book as a call to every Syrian to realize his deep-rooted history.

In turn,  the critic and writer Nazir Jaafar  noted  that the book reviewed  the history and details of the daily life of the Ugaritic community with a new vision that is unprecedented in its comprehensiveness, multiplicity of its sources, important conclusions and indexes of maps, tables and figures.

He  pointed out that the one who does not realize  his past, history as well as tangible and intangible  cultural heritage  will not understand his present nor his position among the nations, hence the importance of this book, which highlights  an ancient stage of the history of our region in general and the history of the Kingdom of Ugarit on the Syrian coast in particular a stage that is almost unknown to many.  

Rawaa Ghanam