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Ancient Mesopotamia

By A. Leo Oppenheim
  • ISBN Code: : 022617767X
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Pages : 462
  • Category : History
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"This splendid work of scholarship . . . sums up with economy and power all that the written record so far deciphered has to tell about the ancient and complementary civilizations of Babylon and Assyria."—Edward B. Garside, New York Times Book Review Ancient Mesopotamia—the area now called Iraq—has received less attention than ancient Egypt and other long-extinct and more spectacular civilizations. But numerous small clay tablets buried in the desert soil for thousands of years make it possible for us to know more about the people of ancient Mesopotamia than any other land in the early Near East. Professor Oppenheim, who studied these tablets for more than thirty years, used his intimate knowledge of long-dead languages to put together a distinctively personal picture of the Mesopotamians of some three thousand years ago. Following Oppenheim's death, Erica Reiner used the author's outline to complete the revisions he had begun. "To any serious student of Mesopotamian civilization, this is one of the most valuable books ever written."—Leonard Cottrell, Book Week "Leo Oppenheim has made a bold, brave, pioneering attempt to present a synthesis of the vast mass of philological and archaeological data that have accumulated over the past hundred years in the field of Assyriological research."—Samuel Noah Kramer, Archaeology A. Leo Oppenheim, one of the most distinguished Assyriologists of our time, was editor in charge of the Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute and John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Chicago.

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By Mary G. Houston
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  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Book Code : 0486142655
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Antiques & Collectibles
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  • Pdf File: ancient-egyptian-mesopotamian-persian-costume.pdf

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Over 250 illustrations, drawn in the artistic style of the period, depict apparel worn by Egyptian royalty, manual workers, and military, as well as by ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians. Flat patterns show cut of the garments.

The Adventure of the Human Intellect

By Kurt A. Raaflaub
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1119162610
  • Total of Pages : 280
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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  • Pdf File: the-adventure-of-the-human-intellect.pdf

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The Adventure of the Human Intellect presents the latest scholarship on the beginnings of intellectual history on a broad scope, encompassing ten eminent ancient or early civilizations from both the Old and New Worlds. Borrows themes from The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man (1946), updating an old topic with a new approach and up-to-date theoretical underpinning, evidence, and scholarship Provides a broad scope of studies, including discussion of highly developed ancient or early civilizations in China, India, West Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Americas Examines the world view of ten ancient or early societies, reconstructed from their own texts, concerning the place of human beings in society and state, in nature and cosmos, in space and time, in life and death, and in relation to those in power and the world of the divine Considers a diversity of sources representing a wide array of particular responses to differing environments, circumstances, and intellectual challenges Reflects a more inclusive and nuanced historiographical attitude with respect to non-elites, gender, and local variations Brings together leading specialists in the field, and is edited by an internationally renowned scholar

Kids InfoBits Presents: Mesopotamia

By Gale, Cengage Learning
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  • Publisher : Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Book Code : 153585474X
  • Total of Pages : 25
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
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  • Pdf File: kids-infobits-presents.pdf

Book Short Summary:

What system of writing was invented by the ancient Sumerians? Why is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? What Sumerian king’s story was recorded in a 4,000-year-old epic poem? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Kids InfoBits Presents: Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia contains authoritative, age-appropriate content covering a range of topics, from the Tower of Babel and Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar and Hammurabi. The content, arranged in A-Z format, provides interesting and important facts and is geared to fit the needs of elementary students. Kids InfoBits Presents contains content derived from Kids InfoBits, a content-rich and easy-to-use digital resource available at your local school or public library.

Mesopotamia for Kids - Ziggurat Edition | Children's Ancient History

By Baby Professor
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  • Publisher : Speedy Publishing LLC
  • Book Code : 1541909178
  • Total of Pages : 64
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Members : 128
  • Pdf File: mesopotamia-for-kids-ziggurat-edition.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Ancient Mesopotamia is often referred to as the “cradle of civilization” and there’s good reason to it. If you take a look at history, a lot of firsts happened in Mesopotamia. These origins were soon adapted by different civilizations around the world. They were refined until almost perfected. Go over the pages of this book. Do any of these facts affect today’s world?

Trade and Commerce Mesopotamia for Kids | Children's Ancient History

By Baby Professor
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  • Publisher : Speedy Publishing LLC
  • Book Code : 1541909240
  • Total of Pages : 64
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
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  • Pdf File: trade-and-commerce-mesopotamia-for-kids.pdf

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How was trade and commerce different in Ancient Mesopotamia? Find out the answer by opening a copy of this cool educational book for kids. Kids may find reading about the past boring especially if the material lacks beautiful illustrations. Luckily, that is not the case here. There are pictures to complement the texts for a complete learning experience. Grab a copy today!

Exam Prep for: Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of ...

By N.a
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  • Book Code : N.a
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