Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

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The ancient world of Mesopotamia (from Sumer to the subsequent division into Babylonia and Assyria) vividly comes alive in this portrayal of the time period from 3100 bce to the fall of Assyria (612 bce) and Babylon (539 bce). Readers will discover fascinating details about the lives of these people from the society where writing began-taken from the ancients' own quotations and descriptions. A wealth of information is provided on such varied topics as: education; literature; mathematics and science; city vs. country life; family life; and religion. Similarities between daily life in ancient Mesopotamia and modern-day Iraq are also discussed. Beautifully illustrated, this easy-to-use reference contains a timeline and an historical overview to aid student research.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 771.1g
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • glossary, bibliography, index, map
  • 0313294976
  • 9780313294976
  • 1,923,010

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"[A] readable and comprehensive overview of daily-life aspects of Mesopotamian civilization." - Religious Studies Review "Nemet-Nejat should be congratulated for her attempts to make ancient Mesopotamia civilization accessible to the public, an effort that has been accomplished without an excessive reliance on biblical parallels that appeal to religious sensibilities. Thus, her work will contribute to the establishment of the idea of Mesopotamia's cultural autonomy and its importance to the study of world history." - Journal of Near Eastern Studies "There is something to interest everyone in this book." - The Historian "Nemet-Nejat's lively account of daily life in ancient Mesopotamia fills an important gap in the literature... This is a fascinating and authortative synthesis of an extensive body of material pertaining to life in ancient Mesopotamia, and it will be a frequently consulted reference by those with an interest in this subject. This work is highly recommended." - ARBA "This volume is an important teaching tool for students of the ancient Near East, because it uses primary texts and artifacts to write about daily life in ancient Mesopotamia." - Religious Studies Review "The book is well illustrated by black-and-white photographs and drawings. It is written at a level that an educated layperson will find it accessible and fascinating, and scholars will find it a good textbook for classes in ancient Near Eastern civilization. Church, public, college and seminary libraries should have this volume on their shelves." - Ashland Theological Journalshow more

About Karen Rhea Nemet-Nejat

Karen Rhea Nemet-Nejat was the first woman to receive her PhD in Ancient Near Eastern/Eastern Languages, History and Cultures at Columbia University. She is the author of a forthcoming Catalogue of the Babylonian Collections at Yale, Cuneiform Mathematical Texts as a Reflection of Everyday Life in Mesopotamia, and Late Babylonian Field Plans in the British Museum. She is currently working on her fifth book. She has also taught at University of Connecticut at Stamford and has held two fellowships at Yale.show more

Table of contents

Time Line Preface Map Introduction General Information Historical Overview Writing, Education and Literature The Sciences Society, Part I: City Life, Country Life, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Life Society, Part II: Private Life Recreation Religion Government Economy The Legacy of Ancient Mesopotamia Glossary Selected Bibliography Indexshow more