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Ancient Mesopotamia : Portrait of a Dead Civilization - A.Leo Oppenheim

Ancient Mesopotamia

Portrait of a Dead Civilization

Paperback Published: 1st January 1976
ISBN: 9780226631875
Number Of Pages: 496

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"This splendid work of scholarship . . . sums up with economy and power all that the written record so far deciphered has to tell about the ancient and complementary civilizations of Babylon and Assyria."--Edward B. Garside, "New York Times Book Review"
Ancient Mesopotamia--the area now called Iraq--has received less attention than ancient Egypt and other long-extinct and more spectacular civilizations. But numerous small clay tablets buried in the desert soil for thousands of years make it possible for us to know more about the people of ancient Mesopotamia than any other land in the early Near East.
Professor Oppenheim, who studied these tablets for more than thirty years, used his intimate knowledge of long-dead languages to put together a distinctively personal picture of the Mesopotamians of some three thousand years ago. Following Oppenheim's death, Erica Reiner used the author's outline to complete the revisions he had begun.
"To any serious student of Mesopotamian civilization, this is one of the most valuable books ever written."--Leonard Cottrell, "Book Week"
"Leo Oppenheim has made a bold, brave, pioneering attempt to present a synthesis of the vast mass of philological and archaeological data that have accumulated over the past hundred years in the field of Assyriological research."--Samuel Noah Kramer, "Archaeology"
A. Leo Oppenheim, one of the most distinguished Assyriologists of our time, was editor in charge of the "Assyrian Dictionary" of the Oriental Institute and John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Chicago.

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Revised Edition
Prefatory Note
Introduction: Assyriology—Why and How?
The Making of Mesopotamia
The Background
The Setting
The Actors
The World Around
Go to, let us build a city and a tower!
The Social Texture
Economic Facts""
The Great Organizations""
The CityUrbanism
Regnum a gente in gentem transfertur
Historical Sources or Literature?
An Essay on Babylonian HistoryAn Essay on Assyrian History
Nah ist—und schwer zu fassen der GottWhy a ""Mesopo
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ISBN: 9780226631875
ISBN-10: 0226631877
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st January 1976
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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