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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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Preface to the Revised Edition

Prefatory Note

Introduction: Assyriology—Why and How?

I. The Making of Mesopotamia

The Background

The Setting

The Actors

The World Around

II. Go to, let us build a city and a tower!

The Social Texture

Economic Facts

"The Great Organizations"

The City

Urbanism

III. Regnum a gente in gentem transfertur

Historical Sources or Literature?

An Essay on Babylonian History

An Essay on Assyrian History

IV. Nah ist—und schwer zu fassen der Gott

Why a "Mesopotamian Religion" Should Not Be Written

The Care and Feeding of the Gods

Mesopotamian "Psychology"

The Arts of the Diviner

V. Laterculis coctilibus

The Meaning of Writing

The Scribes

The Creative Effort

Patterns in Non-Literary Texts

VI. There are many strange wonders, but nothing more wonderful than man

Medicine and Physicians

Mathematics and Astronomy

Craftsmen and Artists

Epilogue

Appendix: Mesopotamian Chronology of the Historical Period by J. A. Brinkman

Notes

Bibliographical Notes

Glossary of Names and Terms

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226631875
Author:
Reiner, Erica
Author:
Reiner, Erica
Author:
Oppenheim, A. Leo
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Iraq
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Revised
Edition Description:
Revised
Publication Date:
19770931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones
Pages:
462
Dimensions:
7.90x5.20x1.00 in. 1.15 lbs.

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