Mesopotamia (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

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Discover the cradle of civilization -- the birthplace of writing, religion, and the rule of law.

Travel back to the land where human history was first recorded -- the land of kings, queens, gods, goddesses, nomads, and scribes. Be an eyewitness to the "land between the rivers," from the first Sumerian city-states to the mighty Babylonian empires. Featuring a pull-out wall chart and its own clip-art CD, Mesopotamia provides a detailed look at ...
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Overview

Discover the cradle of civilization -- the birthplace of writing, religion, and the rule of law.

Travel back to the land where human history was first recorded -- the land of kings, queens, gods, goddesses, nomads, and scribes. Be an eyewitness to the "land between the rivers," from the first Sumerian city-states to the mighty Babylonian empires. Featuring a pull-out wall chart and its own clip-art CD, Mesopotamia provides a detailed look at where the first cities, states, and empires rose. Richly detailed full-color images and photographs of ancient artifacts, architecture, and maps combine with a comprehensive overview of the Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian civilizations. See incredible works of Mesopotamian art, meet the warriors and innovators living ahead of their time, learn how to read ancient inscriptions, and much, much more!
  • Includes CD with clip-art and wall chart-at the same price as the original editions
  • Includes spectacular full-color photographs and illustrations
  • 72-page format includes 8 bonus pages full of amazing facts
  • Library-bound editions available without CDs for all titles
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Another entry in the new generation of multimedia-enhanced “Eyewitness” books, this introduces the cradle of civilization. History, lore, religion, hunting, knowledge, games, arts, crafts, technology, and trade are among some of the topics covered in this book, in the familiar Eyewitness format. Photographs of ancient artifacts and architecture aid in understanding how advanced this civilization was for the time. Each two-page spread features a paragraph overview and numerous photos with detailed captions, whose small font may deter their being read by the more casual browser. Back matter includes a timeline, blurbs about famous people, a glossary, and a brief index. A CD of clip art of the book’s photographs and a wall poster are included; schools may find these items particularly useful. Considered the birthplace of writing, religion, and law, Mesopotamia is often part of middle school curriculum. This book should help students and casual browsers better understand the great contributions made by this area of the world. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756629724
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/25/2007
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
  • Edition description: Book with CD
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 163,132
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents


Land between two rivers     6
Sumerian city-states     8
Mighty rulers     10
The story of writing     12
Gods and goddesses     14
City life     16
Country life     18
Death and burial     20
Akkad's rise and fall     22
Ziggurats and temples     24
Games, music, and sports     26
Crafts and technology     28
The rise of Babylon     30
Learning and scholars     32
Wider horizons     34
Trade and commerce     36
Transportation and travel     38
The Assyrian Empire     40
Ancient warfare     42
The art of hunting     44
Assyrian palaces     46
The epic of Gilgamesh     48
Assyrian knowledge     50
Babylon reborn     52
At the center of the world     54
The Persians     56
The classical age     58
The Islamic age     60
Uncovering the past     62
Timeline of Mesopotamia     64
A to Z of famous people     66
A to Z of ancient sites     68
Glossary     70
Index     72
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