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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415110327
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,351,578
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

List of texts
List of figures
Preface and acknowledgements
Note
Prologue
Pt. I Setting the scene 1
1 Mesopotamia: the land and the life 3
2 Cities and dynasties 22
3 The written record 51
Pt. II The institutions 71
4 City and countryside 73
5 Household and family 88
6 The temple 109
7 The palace 137
Pt. III The economic order 155
8 Crops and livestock 157
9 Water and land 173
10 The domestic economy 191
11 Foreign trade 206
Pt. IV The social order 223
12 Craft and labour 225
13 War and peace 241
14 Religion and politics 260
15 Laws and the law 275
16 Order and disorder 292
Epilogue 303
Notes 305
Bibliography 331
Index 356
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