Early Mesopotamia: Society and Economy at the Dawn of History

Early Mesopotamia: Society and Economy at the Dawn of History


By (author) J. Nicholas Postgate

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 392 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 23mm | 1,043g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1994
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415110327
  • ISBN 13: 9780415110327
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, notes, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 353,399

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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.

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Review quote

"This discussion is not just an excellent introduction to the subject: it is full of insights and evidence of the breadth of Postgate's scholarship."-"History Today "Postgate has written the finest available introduction to the ancient world of Mesopotamia. . . . Postgate successfully accomplishes what few others have achieved, namely, a narrative depiction of the lifeways of the people of early Mesopotamia: their law, warfare, crafts, trade, technological achievements, and their political and religious ideologies. . . . Essential reading for all interested in the ancient past."-"Choice

Table of contents

Contents: Preface, Prologue Part I: Setting the scene: Chapter 1. The land and the life, Chapter 2. The political framework, Chapter 3. The written record, Part II: The institutions: Chapter 4. City and countryside, Chapter 5. Household and family, Chapter 6. The temple, Chapter 7. The palace, Part III: The economic order: Chapter 8. Crops and livestock, Chapter 9. Water and land, Chapter 10. The domestic economy, Chapter 11. Foreign Trade, Part IV: The Social Order: Chapter 12. Craft and labour, Chapter 13. War and peace, Chapter 14. Religion and politics, Chapter 15. Laws and the law, Chapter 16. Order and disorder, Epilouge, Footnotes, Bibliography, Index