Sumer and the Sumerians / Edition 2

Sumer and the Sumerians / Edition 2

by Harriet Crawford
     
 

Mesopotamia produced one of the best-known ancient civilisations, with a literate, urban culture and highly developed political institutions. In this fully revised and expanded edition of her classic text, Sumer and the Sumerians, Harriet Crawford reviews the extraordinary social and technological developments in the region from 3800 to 2000 B.C. Drawing on the most… See more details below

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Mesopotamia produced one of the best-known ancient civilisations, with a literate, urban culture and highly developed political institutions. In this fully revised and expanded edition of her classic text, Sumer and the Sumerians, Harriet Crawford reviews the extraordinary social and technological developments in the region from 3800 to 2000 B.C. Drawing on the most up-to-date historical and archaeological sources, she provides a thematic exploration of this ancient civilisation, examining its physical and historical background, changing settlement patterns, public and private architecture and cultural developments of the period. In this new edition, the chapter on manufacturing industries and trade has been enlarged and divided into two chapters. In addition, a new chapter on the contemporary developments in Upper Mesopotamia is included. The final chapter reflects on the future of the heritage of Iraq in the aftermath of the second Gulf War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521533386
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2014
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1The rediscovery of the ancient Near East : the physical environment1
2History, chronology and social organisation16
3Patterns of settlement and agriculture37
4Town planning and temple architecture60
5Public buildings and private housing89
6Upper Mesopotamia115
7Life, death and the meaning of the universe135
8Manufacturing industries158
9Trade177
10Writing and the arts193
11Conclusions : the development of Sumerian society214

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