Ancient Mesopotamia: Portrait of a Dead Civilization

Ancient Mesopotamia: Portrait of a Dead Civilization


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ISBN-13: 9780226631875
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 09/15/1977
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 462
Sales rank: 888,642
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Revised Edition
Prefatory Note
Introduction: Assyriology—Why and How?
I. The Making of Mesopotamia
The Background
The Setting
The Actors
The World Around
II. Go to, let us build a city and a tower!
The Social Texture
Economic Facts
"The Great Organizations"
The City
III. Regnum a gente in gentem transfertur
Historical Sources or Literature?
An Essay on Babylonian History
An Essay on Assyrian History
IV. Nah ist—und schwer zu fassen der Gott
Why a "Mesopotamian Religion" Should Not Be Written
The Care and Feeding of the Gods
Mesopotamian "Psychology"
The Arts of the Diviner
V. Laterculis coctilibus
The Meaning of Writing
The Scribes
The Creative Effort
Patterns in Non-Literary Texts
VI. There are many strange wonders, but nothing more wonderful than man
Medicine and Physicians
Mathematics and Astronomy
Craftsmen and Artists
Appendix: Mesopotamian Chronology of the Historical Period by J. A. Brinkman
Bibliographical Notes
Glossary of Names and Terms

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