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    DescriptionModern-day archaeological discoveries in the Near East continue to illuminate our understanding of the ancient world, including the many contributions made by the people of Mesopotamia to literature, art, government, and urban life The Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia describes the culture, history, and people of this land, as well as their struggle for survival and happiness, from about 3500 to 500 BCE. Mesopotamia was the home of a succession of glorious civilizations-Sumeria, Babylonia, and Assyria-which flourished together for more than three millennia. Sumerian mathematicians devised the sixty-minute hour that still rules our lives; Babylonian architects designed the famed Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; Assyrian kings and generals, in the name of imperialism, conducted some of the shrewdest military campaigns in recorded history. Readers will identify with the literary works of these civilizations, such as the Code of Hammurabi and the Epic of Gilgamesh, as they are carried across centuries to a period in time intimately entwined with the story of the Bible. Maps and line drawings provide examples of Mesopotamian geography, while other chapters present the Mesopotamian struggle to create civilized life in a fertile land racked by brutal conquest.


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    Title
    Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Bertman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 794 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195183641
    ISBN 10: 0195183649
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, HDD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/LATAME
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS024000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAM
    Abridged Dewey: 935
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 935
    DC21: 935
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAM
    LC classification: DS69.5 .B47 2005
    BISAC region code: 2.1.8.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHC, NKD
    Illustrations note
    3 maps, 114 halftones & line illus.
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    07 July 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Stephen Bertman is Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies at the University of Windsor, Ontario and adjunct lecturer in art history at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. His publications include Doorways Through Time: The Romance of Archaeology.
    Review quote
    Bertman, professor emeritus of classics at the University of Windsor, has made a useful contribution to the Handbook to Life series. Covering the lives of Assyrians, Babylonians, and Sumerians from around 3500 to 500 B.C.E., the book is arranged topically, with chapters on geography, archaeology, government, religion, language and literature, arts, and daily life, among other subjects. Bertman's writing is formal but accessible, with touches of dry humor. The book is illustrated with black-and-white photographs and line drawings, which should copy well. Appendixes include a chronological table and a list of museums with major Mesopotamian collections. Booklist