Ancient Iraq: Third Edition / Edition 3

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Newly revised and containing information from recent excavations and discovered artifacts, Ancient Iraq covers the political, cultural, and socio-economic history from Mesopotamia days of prehistory to the Christian era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140125238
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: Penguin History Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 962,751
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Maps
Foreword to the Third Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
1. The Geographical Setting
The Twin Rivers
Regional Variations
Trade Routes

2. In Search of the Past
The Buried Cities of Iraq
Dating the Past
Archaeological Research in Iraq

3. From Cave to Farm

4. From Village to City
The Hassuna Period
The Samarra Period
The Halaf Period
The Ubaid Period

5. Birth of a Civilization
The Uruk Period
The Jemdat Nasr Period
The Sumerian Problem

6. The Gods of Sumer
The Sumerian Pantheon
Tales of Creation
Life, Death and Destiny

7. An Age of Heroes
From 'Adam' to the Deluge
The Great Flood
Dynasties of Supermen
The Story of Gilgamesh

8. The Early Dynastic Period
The Archaeological Context
The Sumerian City-states
Early Sumerian Rulers
Outline of History

9. The Akkadians
The Semites
Sargon of Akkad
The Akkadian Empire

10. The Great Kingdom of Ur
Ur-Nammu and Gudea
Shulgi, Amar-Sin and the Sumerian Empire
The Fall of Ur

11. The Amorites
Isin, Larsa and Babylon
Eshnunna and Assur
Mari and the Kingdom of Upper Mesopotamia

12. Hammurabi
The Statesman
The Lawgiver

13. In the Days of Hammurabi
The God in his Temple
The King in his Palace
The Citizen in his House

14. New Peoples
The Indo-Europeans
Asia Minor and the Hittites
Hurrians and Mitannians
Syria and Egypt

15. The Kassites
Hammurabi's Successors
Iraq under Kassite Rule

16. Kassites, Assyrians and the Oriental Powers
Egypt versus Mitanni
The Time of Suppiluliumas
Assur and Susa versus Babylon

17. The Time of Confusion
Israelites and Phoenicians
The Neo-Hittites
The Aramaeans
The Dark Age of Mesopotamia

18. The Rise of Assyria
Genesis of an Empire
Shalmaneser III

19. The Assyrian Empire
Assyrian Eclipse
Tiglathpileser III
Sargon II

20. The House of Sargon

21. The Glory of Assyria
The Assyrian State
The Assyrian Army
Assyrian Arts

22. The Scribes of Nineveh
Mesopotamian Science
Mathematics and Astronomy

23. The Chaldaean Kings
The Fall of Nineveh
The Fall of Babylon

24. The Splendour of Babylon
Babylon, the Great City
The New Year Festival
Economic Life

25. Death of a Civilization
The Achaemenian Period
The Hellenistic Period
The Parthian Period

List of Abbreviations
Bibliography and Notes
Chronological Tables

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2004

    A superb, classic history

    If you are looking for a compelling history of the most ancient human civilization, then Roux's book is a classic that cannot be missed. He delves deeply into the history of ancient Mesopotamia without getting bogged down in too much detail. Roux also excels and explaining exactly *how* we know what we know about the ancient civilizations, thanks to archaeology. I highly suggest, however, reading this with a good atlas of ancient history by your side for when Roux delves into the frequent political changes of the region. While there are some maps included, they don't tell much more than where cities are located. Reading this with such an atlas is vital for understanding what was happening when and where. This book is also very easy to read, as Roux is blessed with a smooth narrative that is engrossing, setting this apart from many other dry histories.

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