Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

by Stephen Bertman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195183649

ISBN-13: 9780195183641

Pub. Date: 05/01/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Modern-day archaeological discoveries in the Near East continue to illuminate our understanding of the ancient world, including the many contributions made by the people of Mesopotamia to literature, art, government, and urban life The Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia describes the culture, history, and people of this land, as well as their struggle for

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Modern-day archaeological discoveries in the Near East continue to illuminate our understanding of the ancient world, including the many contributions made by the people of Mesopotamia to literature, art, government, and urban life The Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia describes the culture, history, and people of this land, as well as their struggle for survival and happiness, from about 3500 to 500 BCE. Mesopotamia was the home of a succession of glorious civilizations—Sumeria, Babylonia, and Assyria—which flourished together for more than three millennia. Sumerian mathematicians devised the sixty-minute hour that still rules our lives; Babylonian architects designed the famed Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; Assyrian kings and generals, in the name of imperialism, conducted some of the shrewdest military campaigns in recorded history. Readers will identify with the literary works of these civilizations, such as the Code of Hammurabi and the Epic of Gilgamesh, as they are carried across centuries to a period in time intimately entwined with the story of the Bible. Maps and line drawings provide examples of Mesopotamian geography, while other chapters present the Mesopotamian struggle to create civilized life in a fertile land racked by brutal conquest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195183641
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
520,629
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Geography of Mesopotamia1
2Archaeology and history39
3Government and society61
4Religion and myth113
5Language, writing, and literature137
6Architecture and engineering185
7Sculpture and other arts213
8Economy243
9Transportation and trade251
10Military affairs261
11Everyday life273
12Mesopotamia and sacred scripture311
13The legacy of Mesopotamia325

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