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    DescriptionSituated 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 7000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the very first cities were created. This book reveals 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.


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    Title
    Mesopotamia
    Subtitle
    The Invention of the City
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gwendolyn Leick
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 35 mm
    Weight: 764 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780713991987
    ISBN 10: 0713991984
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, HBJF1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000, HIS002000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAM
    DC21: 935
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    Illustrations note
    16pp b&w illustrations
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    ALLEN LANE
    Publication date
    30 August 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    GWENDOLYN LEICK is an anthropologist and Assyriologist. She is the author of various publications on the Ancient Near East, including A Dictionary of Near Eastern Mythology and Sex & Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature. She also acts as a cultural tour guide in the Middle East, lecturing on history, archaeology and anthropology.
    Review text
    It was in Mesopotamia, a region broadly encompassing present-day Iraq, that the first human settlements and agriculture systems took root some 10,000 years ago. It was in this part of the globe that the Assyrian, Babylonian and Sumerian peoples developed the first urban civilisations, whch lasted until the first centuries AD. Here, then, is to be found the cradle of the modern world, characterised by stratified social and gender hierarchies, organised religion, autonomous political units, bureaucracy and written records, economic specialization and long-distance trade. Much research has been done into Mesopotamian culture since the mid-19th century and a great deal very recently, employing new archaeological techniques and current anthropological theory. Yet, as Leick points out in this learned and stimulating book, little of it has been communicated to a wider audience and the details of Mesopotamian civilisation remain far less salient in our consciousness than impressions of ancient Egypt, Greece or Rome. She takes in turn ten of the best excavated cities of this place and period and analyses their distinctive contribution to urban life and the development of human society as it can be inferred from fragmentary material and textual remains. Her excellent concluding chapter on Babylon, a seminal metropolitan environment, reveals just how much of what we now take for granted was anticipated four millennia ago. (Kirkus UK)