Historical Dictionary of Mesopotamia

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"The Greek name Mesopotamia means "land between the rivers." Romans used this term for the area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, from the south Anatolian mountains ranges to the Persian Gulf, which they controlled only briefly - between 115 and 117 A.D. It comprises the civilizations of Sumer and Akkad (third millennium B.C.) as well as the later Babylonian and Assyrian empires of the second and first millennium. Although the history of Mesopotamia in the strictest sense begins with the inscriptions of Sumerian rulers around the 27th

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Overview

"The Greek name Mesopotamia means "land between the rivers." Romans used this term for the area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, from the south Anatolian mountains ranges to the Persian Gulf, which they controlled only briefly - between 115 and 117 A.D. It comprises the civilizations of Sumer and Akkad (third millennium B.C.) as well as the later Babylonian and Assyrian empires of the second and first millennium. Although the history of Mesopotamia in the strictest sense begins with the inscriptions of Sumerian rulers around the 27th century B.C., the foundation of the Mesopotamian civilization, such as the beginnings of irrigation and the emergence of large permanent settlements, was laid much earlier, in the fifth and fourth millennium." This second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Mesopotamia defines the concepts, customs, and notions specific to the civilization of ancient Mesopotamia, from adult adoption to ziggurats. It contains a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, appendixes, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on religion, economy, society, geography, and important kings and rulers.

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The appendix includes a comprehensive bibliography and a list of museums with strong Near Eastern collections. Recommended.
College & Research Libraries News
...offers data on the land between the Tigris and Euphrates in pre-Islamic times.
Booklist
...deals with the various cultures in the land between the Tigris and Euphrates from the prehistoric to the Islamic periods.
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The appendix includes a comprehensive bibliography and a list of museums with strong Near Eastern collections. Recommended.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Overall, this is indeed a valuable resource.
May 2010 Booklist
In this update to the 2003 edition, author Leick delves into one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, the “land between the rivers,” Mesopotamia. The work begins with a quick chronology and a lucid introduction that briefly acquaints the reader with the geography, history, and culture of Mesopotamia. The A–Z entries cover topics of a general nature (Agriculture, Building inscriptions, Languages, Warfare, Women) as well as more specific places and personages (Babylon, Cyrus II the Great, Herodotus, Ur). Other entries highlight art, archaeological finds, religious beliefs, and political structures. Included in the appendixes is a chronological list of rulers of Mesopotamia from circa 2650 BCE up to the Parthians (129–58 BCE), the bane of the Roman Empire. Also included is a list of museums around the world with notable collections of Mesopotamian artifacts. As with most of Scarecrow’s Historical Dictionaries, the most impressive feature for research is the expansive, categorized select bibliography. In 54 pages of secondary articles and monographs, readers are presented with further readings on daily life, geography, trade, and other topics. This Historical Dictionary is highly recommended for any academic or large public library looking to update or develop a dynamic ancient history collection.
American Reference Books Annual
Overall, this is indeed a valuable resource.
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Meet the Author

Gwendolyn Leick teaches at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Editor's Foreword Chapter 2 Conventions Chapter 3 Map of Mesopotamia Chapter 4 Chronology Chapter 5 Introduction Chapter 6 THE DICTIONARY Chapter 7 Appendix I. Mesopotamian Rulers Chapter 8 Appendix II. Museums Chapter 9 Select Bibliography Chapter 10 About the Author

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