Synopses & Reviews
The recent war in Iraq focused international attention on the unique historical and cultural heritage of ancient Mesopotamia--the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, including modern Iraq, northeastern Syria, and part of southeastern Turkey. Looking back to the earliest days of human civilization, "Historical Atlas of Ancient Mesopotamia surveys the history of Mesopotamia from the original colonization of its alluvial plains around 5000 BCE until the collapse of the Persian Sassanian Empire in the early seventh century CE. An introduction places Mesopotamian civilizations within the context of world history before readers are led on an astounding, illustrated tour of the ancient world. The book's early focus is on the societies that sprang up in the fertile crescent, while latter discussion centers on the region's conquest by Persians, Greeks, and Romans. The definitive study of the birthplace of civilization, this strikingly rendered depiction of ancient Mesopotamia is enhanced with photographs and illustrations, original full-color maps and charts, historical timelines, and an appendix listing museums with substantial Mesopotamian holdings and further reading sources.
The recent war in Iraq focused international attention on the unique historical and cultural heritage of ancient Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers