author={J. J. Finkelstein},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={73 - 92}
  • J. J. Finkelstein
  • Published 1962
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
  • IT IS generally agreed that the earliest reliable references to the proper geographic name "Mesopotamia" are those in Arrian's Anabasis of Alexander, which, although written in the late second century A.D., is explicitly said to be based directly on sources contemporaneous with Alexander himself.1 It was Alexander too who first created a distinct geographic administrative unit that went by this name when he organized the satrapy of Mesopotamia where, under the Achaemenian administration, the… CONTINUE READING