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Posted November 24, 2011
A Good Introduction
I believe this book was originally published in 1928. As such, the tone may seem out of sort or quaint for readers of popular histories.
Although this book does not go into minute details of every last aspect of Sumerian life, culture and history, it does a good job in explaining the relevant aspects of these things, giving more or less detail where the author deems necessary. This book is highly focused on Sumer and Sumerian contributions to Western Civilization, discussing other powers in the region only as they immediately affect Sumer. The chronology does occasionally bounce back and forth, but never to the point that it becomes confusing or distracting.
In all, this is a good introduction to Sumerian history, but should be paired with a broader inquiry into the Ancient Near East (such as Georges Roux's "Ancient Iraq").
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Posted November 18, 2008
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