Historical Atlas of Ancient Mesopotamia

Historical Atlas of Ancient Mesopotamia

by Norman Bancroft Hunt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816057303

ISBN-13: 9780816057306

Pub. Date: 03/15/2003

Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated

The region between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers-known as Mesopotamia (literally, "between the rivers")-was a cradle of civilization. In this fertile area, nomadic peoples first settled in communities, began the practice of animal husbandry, and-with the invention of tools-started agriculture. Among the many innovations from Mesopotamia are the wheel, metal smelting

Overview

The region between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers-known as Mesopotamia (literally, "between the rivers")-was a cradle of civilization. In this fertile area, nomadic peoples first settled in communities, began the practice of animal husbandry, and-with the invention of tools-started agriculture. Among the many innovations from Mesopotamia are the wheel, metal smelting, the first evidence of counting, applied mathematics, and, ultimately, an alphabet and the birth of literature. In the series of great empires that followed, the first civil laws were established, from which subsequent civilizations drew their own.

Historical Atlas of Ancient Mesopotamia traces the historical, cultural, and political development of Mesopotamia, from about the time that writing was established and through its battles with Egypt, Greece, Rome, and finally the conquering power of Islam. It covers all aspects of ancient Mesopotamian history and culture, with an engaging text, specially created maps, diagrams, full-color photographs, and illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816057306
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Series:
Historical Atlas Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.14(w) x 11.82(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Overview of Ancient Mesopotamia6
Chapter 1The First Farmers10
Expanding onto the Plains12
The 'Ubaid Period, c.5200-3500 BC14
The Eridu Genesis16
Chapter 2Sumeria, the Early Empires18
Uruk, the True Genesis, c.3700-3500 BC20
The King of Kish, 3000 BC22
Early Dynastic Sumeria, 2900-2400 BC24
Sumerian Cuneiform and Cylinder Seals26
The Supremacy of Ur, 2750 BC28
Temples and Royal Estates30
The Epic of Gilgamesh32
Sumerian Deities34
The Royal Tombs of Ur36
Sumerian Home Life38
The Sumerian King List40
Unification of the City-States42
The Kingdom of Mari44
Chapter 3Sargon and the Empire of Akkad46
Sargon Conquers the City-States, 2340 BC48
Nippur, the Untouchable City50
The Gutian Period, 2230-2109 BC52
Sumerian Resurgence54
Ur-Nammu's Legal Code56
The Isin-Larsa Period, 2025-1763 BC58
Chapter 4Old Babylonia, 1900-1100 BC60
The Development of Mathematics62
Babylon64
Babylonian Administration66
Hammurabi's Conquests68
The Code of Hammurabi70
Chapter 5The Hittite Invasions, 1600-1300 BC72
Ambitions of Mursilis and Telepinus74
Trade in the Mediterranean76
Conquering and Abandoning Babylonia78
Chapter 6Kassites, Elamites, Mitanni-the Struggle for Domination, 1570-1157 BC80
A Sumerian Renaissance82
Crippled by the Assyrians84
The Elamites86
Incursion of the Mitanni, 1500-1275 BC88
Caught Between the Hittites and Assyria90
Chapter 7The Assyrian Empire, 1420-609 BC92
Assyrian Daily Life94
Ashur96
The New Kingdom98
Tiglath-Pileser and Sargon100
Assyrian Hunting102
Assyrian Military Organization104
Forced Migrations106
Nineveh108
The Library of Ashurbanipal110
Nimrud112
Dur-Sharrukin114
The Rise of New Babylonia116
Chapter 8Chaldea: Neo Babylonia, 612-539 BC118
Nebuchadnezzar's Hanging Gardens120
New Babylon122
Tower of Babel124
Babylonian Daily Life126
The Decline of Chaldea128
Chapter 9The First Persian Empire, 539-312 BC130
Cyrus II and the Rise of Darius132
Pasargadae City134
Zoroastrianism and Mithraism136
Games and Pastimes138
Developments under Darius140
The Glory of Persepolis142
The Persian-Greek War146
Persian-Greek Influences148
Alexander the Great150
The Seleucid Dynasty152
Chapter 10Parthia, c.250 BC-AD 224154
Parthian Trade and Administration156
Minstrels and Poets158
Mithridates and the Parthian Empire160
The Independent Kingdoms162
Roman Invasions164
Parthian Cavalry166
Hatra and Trade168
Christian Immigration170
The Sassanian Revolt172
Chapter 11The Sassanian Empire, AD 224-651174
Shapur's Victories176
Sassanian-Roman Wars178
The Sassanian Army180
Sassanian Art182
The Rise of Islam184
Conclusion: A Mesopotamian Legacy186
Glossary187
Index190

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