Ancient Iraq

Author: Georges Roux
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 014012523X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Book provides an introduction to the history of ancient Mesopotamia and its civilizations, incorporating archaeological and historical finds up to 1992

Mesopotamia

Author: Gwendolyn Leick
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141927119
Format: PDF
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Situated in an area roughly corresponding to present-day Iraq, Mesopotamia is one of the great, ancient civilizations, though it is still relatively unknown. Yet, over 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the very first cities were created. This is the first book to reveal how life was lived in ten Mesopotamian cities: from Eridu, the Mesopotamian Eden, to that potent symbol of decadence, Babylon - the first true metropolis: multicultural, multi-ethnic, the last centre of a dying civilization.

Early Mesopotamia

Author: Nicholas Postgate
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136788638
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The roots of our modern world lie in the civilization of Mesopotamia, which saw the development of the first urban society and the invention of writing. The cuneiform texts reveal the technological and social innovations of Sumer and Babylonia as surprisingly modern, and the influence of this fascinating culture was felt throughout the Near East. Early Mesopotamia gives an entirely new account, integrating the archaeology with historical data which until now have been largely scattered in specialist literature.

Mesopotamia

Author: Jean Bottéro
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226067278
Format: PDF
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Our ancestors, the Mesopotamians, invented writing and with it a new way of looking at the world. In this collection of essays, the French scholar Jean Bottero attempts to go back to the moment which marks the very beginning of history. To give the reader some sense of how Mesopotamian civilization has been mediated and interpreted in its transmission through time, Bottero begins with an account of Assyriology, the discipline devoted to the ancient culture. This transmission, compounded with countless discoveries, would not have been possible without the surprising decipherment of the cuneiform writing system. Bottero also focuses on divination in the ancient world, contending that certain modes of worship in Mesopotamia, in their application of causality and proof, prefigure the "scientific mind."

Forgotten Empire

Author: John Curtis
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520247310
Format: PDF, Docs
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A richly-illustrated and important book that traces the rise and fall of one of the ancient world's largest and richest empires.

The Writing on the Wall

Author: John Malcolm Russell
Publisher: Eisenbrauns
ISBN: 0931464951
Format: PDF
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The walls of the Assyrian palaces, as well as throne bases, doors and thresholds, were adorned with inscriptions. These inscriptions were surrounded in mystery and esoteric knowledge of their creation and meaning, and deal with a number of different subjects concerned with Assyrian kings and their achievements and exploits. John Russell emphasises the importance of reading and understanding these texts in their original context. He discusses the royal residences and administrative centers of the Assyrian kings between Assurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) and Assurbanipal (668-631 BC) and their associated inscriptions.

The history and culture of ancient Western Asia and Egypt

Author: Arthur Bernard Knapp
Publisher: Wadsworth Pub Co
ISBN:
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* Explores the cultures of ancient Near East civilizations from prehistoric times to the death of Alexander the Great. * Encompasses Western Asia and Egypt, through the Eastern Mediterranean, to the borders of Greece. * Note: Knapp (unlike Jones, above) does not include coverage of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Mesopotamia

Author: Enrico Ascalone
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780520252660
Format: PDF
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This beautifully illustrated guide to the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, is the perfect companion for travelers and armchair travelers alike. It provides a concise survey of three ancient cultures that have often been misunderstood, both because of Biblical and neoclassical traditions, and because of twentieth- and twenty-first-century events. Lavishly illustrated in full color on every page, the book is arranged topically to cover the broad areas of life, such as people, politics, religion, the world of the dead, and important places and monuments. The text emphasizes the archaeological and literary evidence pertaining to Mesopotamia during the period before the arrival of Alexander the Great, beginning with the written sources, including the list of Sumerian kings and the epic of Gilgamesh, and continuing with the major personages, such as the Akkadian monarchy from Sargon through Nabonedo. The book also brings together the principal Mesopotamian works of art that have been dispersed in museums worldwide - notably the materials from the Baghdad Museum that were damaged or lost in the present war. Packed with information, images, maps, diagrams, and reconstructions, Mesopotamia is the perfect companion to an important ancient civilization. Copub: Mondadori Electa

The Penguin History of the United States of America

Author: Hugh Brogan
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141937459
Format: PDF
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This new edition of Brogan's superb one-volume history - from early British colonisation to the Reagan years - captures an array of dynamic personalities and events. In a broad sweep of America's triumphant progress. Brogan explores the period leading to Independence from both the American and the British points of view, touching on permanent features of 'the American character' - both the good and the bad. He provides a masterly synthesis of all the latest research illustrating America's rapid growth from humble beginnings to global dominance.

Ancient Persia

Author: Matt Waters
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107652723
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Achaemenid Persian Empire, at its greatest territorial extent under Darius I (r.522–486 BCE), held sway over territory stretching from the Indus River Valley to southeastern Europe and from the western Himalayas to northeast Africa. In this book, Matt Waters gives a detailed historical overview of the Achaemenid period while considering the manifold interpretive problems historians face in constructing and understanding its history. This book offers a Persian perspective even when relying on Greek textual sources and archaeological evidence. Waters situates the story of the Achaemenid Persians in the context of their predecessors in the mid-first millennium BCE and through their successors after the Macedonian conquest, constructing a compelling narrative of how the empire retained its vitality for more than two hundred years (c.550–330 BCE) and left a massive imprint on Middle Eastern as well as Greek and European history.