In this book Professor Woolley, one of the world's foremost archaeologists, shows quite clearly that when Egyptian civilization began the civilization of the Sumerians had already flourished for at least 2,000 years.
The idea that Egypt was the earliest civilization has been entirely exploded. The Sumerians had reached a very high level of culture by 3500 B.C.E., and may be said with some justice to be the forerunners of all the Old World civilizations of Egypt, Assyria, Asia Minor, Crete, and Greece. This book will appeal to everyone interested in the early history of humankind.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Sir Charles Leonard Woolley, as leader of the joint expedition of the University of Pennsylvania Museum and the British Museum, directed important excavations on the site of Ur of the Chaldees, a famous city long buried in the desert sand of Mesopotamia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I believe this book was originally published in 1928. As such, the tone may seem out of sort or quaint for readers of popular histories. Although this book does not go into minute details of every last aspect of Sumerian life, culture and history, it does a good job in explaining the relevant aspects of these things, giving more or less detail where the author deems necessary. This book is highly focused on Sumer and Sumerian contributions to Western Civilization, discussing other powers in the region only as they immediately affect Sumer. The chronology does occasionally bounce back and forth, but never to the point that it becomes confusing or distracting. In all, this is a good introduction to Sumerian history, but should be paired with a broader inquiry into the Ancient Near East (such as Georges Roux's "Ancient Iraq").