The Ancient Near Eastern World

The Ancient Near Eastern World

Hardback World in Ancient Times

By (author) Amanda H. Podany, By (author) Marni McGee

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 244mm x 20mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 24 January 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0195161599
  • ISBN 13: 9780195161595
  • Illustrations note: 99 color & 11 b/w illus.

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What do the wheel, the law, and belief in a single god have in common? All of these ideas first came to people who lived in the ancient Near East. As if these revolutionary developments weren't enough to make a mark on world history, these ancient innovators also came up with the most fantastic invention of all-writing. The Ancient Near Eastern World is filled with the scribes, potters, sculptors, architects, school children, lawmakers, kings, queens, farmers, and priests who designed and created that world.

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Marni McGee is the author ofThe Ancient Roman World (OUP, 2003), Forest Child (Green Tiger, 1995),The Quiet Farmer (Atheneum, 1991), andDiego Columbus: Adventures on the High Seas (Revell, 1992).

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This heavily illustrated volume focuses on artifacts uncovered by archaeologists and the human interest stories found in early writing. School Library Journal, Curriculum Connections This heavily illustrated volume focuses on artifacts uncovered by archaeologists and the human interest stories found in early writing. School Library Journal, Curriculum Connections

Table of contents

Ancient trash and buried treasure : archaeologists at work ; Rivers and ditches, temples and farms : irrigation and the growth of towns ; Of potters and pots, plowmen and plows : technology and the first cities ; How words changed the world : the invention of writing ; A world full of gods and goddesses : religion in Mesopotamia ; The death of a Sumerian lady : queens, kings, and religion in early cities ; The first superhero : the story of Gilgamesh ; The world's first empire builder : Sargon, king of Akkad ; The care and feeding of ancient gods : priestesses and priests in Mesopotamia ; Laying down the law : Hammurabi and the first lawmakers ; Order in the court! : the justice system in Mesopotamia ; Farmers and doctors, barbers and builders : Mesopotamian workers, slave and free ; Ur-Utu's story : the Mesopotamian family ; Scribes, school, and schoolboys : education in ancient Mesopotamia ; Lovers, sisters, and cooks : scenes from a Mesopotamian palace ; The surprise ending of the Babylonian Empire : Hittite victories and Indo-European languages ; Brides and brother kings : diplomacy and the great powers ; King David and his family : the settlements and movements of the Israelites ; One God, many stories : the beliefs of the Israelites ; The lost laws of the Israelites : the Exodus and the Ten Commandments ; Assyria's fighter kings : warriors build an empire ; A bright star shines briefly : Babylon rises, Judah falls ; A mother's love and a ruler's tears : the last Mesopotamian king ; Of camels, kings, and conquerors : the Persian Empire ; Epilogue : a world not truly lost