By Jane McIntosh
Historic Mesopotamia: New views levels from the region's cultural beginnings to its Persian "liberation," from basic farmers to powerful kings, from the marshy Gulf beaches and Arabian wasteland sands to the foothills of the Taurus and Zagros mountains. it's the first quantity to seize the total sweep of Mesopotamia's 4 significant old cultures (Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian) in a single concise and attractive volume.
Ancient Mesopotamia finds how archaeologists, geologists, geographers, and different scientists have pieced jointly an figuring out of a few of the main complicated and entire civilizations in heritage: their economies, social orders, political structures, religions, highbrow accomplishments, and fabric tradition. It bargains a wealth of knowledge and insights into the wonderful previous of a land in turmoil today.
The eyes of the realm are on Iraq and the encompassing zone, witnessing clash, chaos, and the consequences of brutal dictatorship. yet in precedent days, the civilizations that flourished there gave start to a few of humanity's so much adored achievements, together with the written observe, town, the felony process, public schooling, and extra.
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A native of Babylon, Berossus wrote in Greek but had access to many cuneiform texts that provided Historical and Chronological Setting 23 detailed and accurate information on Mesopotamian history and culture. E. had been largely superseded by a digest in which a Greek scholar, Alexander Polyhistor, uncritically assembled material from a number of different and conflicting texts, including Berossus and Ctesias. Information was drawn from Berossus’s work to calculate chronology, particularly the dates of the Creation and the Flood, but his original was otherwise neglected.
Nimrud, Nineveh, and Khorsabad. Rich’s find inspired the French to initiate their own investigations. They therefore created a post, consular agent at Mosul, for Paul-Emile Botta, who in 1842 began digging in the Kuyunjik mound, part of ancient Nineveh. The finds here were unpromising, and Botta was easily seduced away in 1843 when sculptures were discovered at nearby Khorsabad, which he took to be more of Nineveh. E. transferred the capital here from Nimrud. Here Botta soon discovered Sargon’s palace, its walls resplendent with carved reliefs and gateways guarded by monumental human-headed winged bulls and lions.
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