Historical Dictionary of Mesopotamia

Historical Dictionary of Mesopotamia

by Gwendolyn Leick
     
 

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This dictionary provides a useful resource on the civilization, history, religion, and culture of Mesopotamia, with entries on rulers, peoples, heroes, goddesses, religious practice, myths, funerary practice, archives, and aspects of daily life, among other topics. An introduction outlines Mesopotamian history and the highlights of its civilization. Appendices contain… See more details below

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This dictionary provides a useful resource on the civilization, history, religion, and culture of Mesopotamia, with entries on rulers, peoples, heroes, goddesses, religious practice, myths, funerary practice, archives, and aspects of daily life, among other topics. An introduction outlines Mesopotamian history and the highlights of its civilization. Appendices contain an extensive bibliography, which is organized by subject; a list of museums with major Mesopotamian collections; and a list of rulers. Leick, who has an impressive list of publications in the field, teaches at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, UK. Not indexed. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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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.
Choice
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810846494
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras Series, #9
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.68(d)

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