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Ancient Mesopotamia

Ancient Mesopotamia

Paperback Case Studies in Early Societies

By (author) Susan Pollock

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 9 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521575680
  • ISBN 13: 9780521575683
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 29 b/w illus. 9 maps 23 tables
  • Sales rank: 681,763

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This book is an in-depth treatment of the antecedents and first florescence of early state and urban societies in the alluvial lowlands of Mesopotamia over nearly three millennia, from approximately 5000 to 2100 BC. Susan Pollock's approach is explicitly anthropological, and draws on contemporary theoretical perspectives to enrich our understanding of the ancient Mesopotamian past. It explores the ways people of different genders and classes contributed and responded to changes in political, economic, and ideological realms. The interpretations are based on studies of regional settlement patterns, faunal remains, artifact distributions and activity patterning, iconography, texts and burials.

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' ... a very useful addition to the growing body of secondary archaeological literature on Mesopotamia ... It is also well written, carefully referenced, indexed, suitably illustrated and includes an annoted bibliography. As such, it should certainly appeal to its audience.' Antiquity

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Geographic setting and environment; 3. Settlement patterns; 4. Making a living: tributary economics of the fifth and fourth millennia; 5. A changing way of life: the oikos-based economy of the third millennium; 6. The growth of bureaucracy; 7. Ideology and images of power; 8. Death and the ideology of community.