The Invention of the City
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Mesopotamia by Gwendolyn Leick
Book 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 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the very first cities were created. This is the first book to reveal 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140265743
(201mm x 135mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gwendolyn Leick
Tombs of the Great Leaders, Hardback (January 2014)
Combining history, architecture and travel writing, Tombs of the Great Leaders is a fascinating and revealing study of the political tomb, from Bronze Age tumuli to those built in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Babylonian World, Paperback (December 2008)
Historicized by the New Testament as a centre of decadence and corruption, Babylon and its surrounding region was in fact a rich and complex civilization, responsible for the invention of the dictionary and laying the foundations of modern science. This book presents the history of the ancient state Babylonia and its 'holy city', Babylon.
Babylonians, Paperback (September 2002)
This new survey introduces the people and the reality behind the popular myth of Babylon. It explores the social, historical, geographical and cultural context in which this extraordinary civilization flourished for so many centuries.
Who's Who in the Ancient Near East, Paperback (February 2001)» View all books by Gwendolyn Leick
From Palestine to Iran and from Alexander the Great to Zechariah, Who's Who in the Ancient Near East presents a unique and comprehensive reference guide for all those with an interest in the ancient history of the area.
UK Kirkus Review » 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)
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Author Biography - Gwendolyn Leick
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.
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