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Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia - Jean Bottero

Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

By: Jean Bottero, Antonia Nevill (Translator)

Paperback Published: 5th September 2001
ISBN: 9780801868641
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia, based on articles originally published in L'Histoire by Jean BottA(c)ro, AndrA(c) Finet, Bertrand Lafont, and Georges Roux, presents new discoveries about this amazing Mesopotamian culture made during the past ten years. Features of everyday Meopotamian life highlight the new sections of this book. Both gourmet cuisine and popular cookery used fish, meats, fruits, vegetables, and grains, available fresh or preserved (through methods still used today), and served with beer and wine. While feelings toward love and sex are rarely found in personal writings or correspondence, myths, prayers, and accounts of an acceptance of a wide range of behaviors (despite monogamy, prostitution flourished) argue that both were considered natural and necessary for a happy existence.

Under law woman existed as a man's property, yet stories show that wives frequently used beauty and wits to keep husbands in hand, and a wife's financial holdings remained her property, reverting to her family at her death. Women were allowed to participate in activities that could increase this wealth and some, pledged to the gods and shut away in group homes, were nonetheless able to participate in lucrative business ventures. Also included are accounts of the exceptional life of the queen and the women of Mari, the story of the great Queen Semiramis, and chapters on magic, medicine, and astrology.

The concluding section offers a fascinating in-depth comparison of ancient Sumerian myths and stories similar to those found in the Hebrew bible. The new information found in Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia makes a significant contribution, one that deepens our knowledge and understanding of this great, ancient civilization.

Industry Reviews

A popular work for understanding Mesopotamian social life... Written in a vigorous and interesting style with much useful information. -- Mark W. Chavalas * Religious Studies Review * The book covers many interesting topics not typically addressed in general texts such as cuisine, love and sex, women's rights, and the idea of sin. The book is written for the novice in the field, but it does not simply skim the surface or summarize the authors' longer works; rather, it makes accessible much interesting primary source material that is normally only found in scholarly book sand journals. -- Linda Bergstein Scherr * Religious Studies Review *

Contents:Publisher's AcknowledgmentA Note on PronunciationForewordMap of Ancient MesopotamiaPART I - Origins1 Did the Sumerians Emerge from the Sea 2 The Great Enigma of the Cemetery at UrPART II - Everyday Life3 The Oldest Cuisine in the World4 The Oldest Feast5 An Ancient Vintage6 Love and Sex in Babylon7 Women's Rights8 The Women of the Palace at Mari9 Semiramis: The Builder of Babylon10 Magic and Medicine11 The Birth of Astrology12 The OrdealPART III - Myth and Legend13 The First Account of the Flood14 The Epic of Gilgamesh15 How Sin Was BornChronologyFurther ReadingIndex

ISBN: 9780801868641
ISBN-10: 0801868645
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 5th September 2001
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4