Early Mesopotamia: Society and Economy at the Dawn of History / Edition 1

Early Mesopotamia: Society and Economy at the Dawn of History / Edition 1

by Nicholas Postgate, J. N. Postgate, Postgate Nichol
     
 

The roots of our modern world lie in the civilization of Mesopotamia, which saw the development of the first urban society and the invention of writing. The cuneiform texts reveal the technological and social innovations of Sumer and Babylonia as surprisingly modern, and the influence of this fascinating culture was felt throughout the Near East. Early

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The roots of our modern world lie in the civilization of Mesopotamia, which saw the development of the first urban society and the invention of writing. The cuneiform texts reveal the technological and social innovations of Sumer and Babylonia as surprisingly modern, and the influence of this fascinating culture was felt throughout the Near East. Early Mesopotamia gives an entirely new account, integrating the archaeology with historical data which until now have been largely scattered in specialist literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415110327
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
1,327,388
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.81(d)

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Table of Contents

List of texts
List of figures
Preface and acknowledgements
Note
Prologue
Pt. ISetting the scene1
1Mesopotamia: the land and the life3
2Cities and dynasties22
3The written record51
Pt. IIThe institutions71
4City and countryside73
5Household and family88
6The temple109
7The palace137
Pt. IIIThe economic order155
8Crops and livestock157
9Water and land173
10The domestic economy191
11Foreign trade206
Pt. IVThe social order223
12Craft and labour225
13War and peace241
14Religion and politics260
15Laws and the law275
16Order and disorder292
Epilogue303
Notes305
Bibliography331
Index356

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