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Welcome to ancient Mesopotamia - home of the world's first cities. This strip of land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers is often called the "Cradle of Civilization." Mesopotamians were among the first to use the wheel and the written word. In mathematics, they used place value and were comfortable with quadratic equations. They had libraries that included everything from recipe books to directions for making glass. People still read Gilgamesh, their great epic poem. The activities in this book provide insight into the history, technology, laws, economy, literature, and art of ancient Mesopotamia.
Follow the strands of history with these unique teaching aids! A pictorial history of ancient Mesopotamia, this timeline features events and people from the years 5000 B.C. through 331 B.C. Colorfully illustrated with precise detail, the reverse side includes reproducible activity cards for extending classroom activities. Each card comes perforated through the center so that it can be pulled apart to create an extra long (6" x 68") continuous timeline for your classroom wall or bulletin board.
DK Eyewitness books give strength to the maxim that "a picture's worth a thousand words." Hundreds of photographs will give you an up-close look at Mesopotamia. Learn about city and country life, ziggurats and temples, Akkad's rise and fall, gods and goddesses, the epic of Gilgamesh, and more.
The Ancient Near East: An Anthology of Texts and PicturesEdited by James B. PritchardPrinceton University Press / Trade Paperback$28.99 Retail:
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The classic anthology Ancient Near Eastern texts Relating to the Old Testament (ANET) edited by James B. Pritchard and his team of, now legendary, scholars has introduced generations of readers to the essential texts for understanding the peoples and cultures of the (mostly Iron-age (1300-600 B.C.) biblical world, and the people groups and stories that defined its culture. The translations found here remain widely regarded for their sensitivity to ancient near eastern culture and its myriad languages, even after almost a half-century of usage, review, and critique.
The Ancient Languages of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and AksumRoger D. Woodward, ed.Cambridge University Press / Trade Paperback$60.75Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.CBD Stock No: WW684972
This book, derived from the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages, describes the ancient languages of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Aksum, for the convenience of students and specialists working in that area. Each chapter focuses on an individual language or, in some instances, a set of closely related varieties of a language. Providing a full descriptive presentation, each of these chapters examines the writing system(s), phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon of that language, and places the language within its proper linguistic and historical context.
"This outstanding book traces in less than 200 pages some 7,000 years of ancient Near Eastern history. Filled with original ideas of lasting significance,"---Choice. From Sumer as the cradle of civilization and Baghdad as the intellectual capital of Islam to the American overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
Following the odyssey of human beings throughout time, this first volume begins with the earliest civilizations and extends through the 12,000 intervening years to the Middle Ages, covering "Prehistoric" people, Sumer, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Buddhism, Judiasm, Greek gods & culture, Rome, the rise of Christianity, the legacy of the Classical World, The Byzantine Empire, and the Medieval Era.
Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered ScriptsAndrew RobinsonW W Norton / 2009 / Trade Paperback$26.96 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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You'll want to start deciphering immediately after you're finished reading Andrew Robinson's Lost Languages. With a catching enthusiasm, his book first begins with an overview of decipherment techniques that did (and did not!) work for the three "Great Decipherments" of the Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Linear B of Greece, and the Mayan Glyphs.
Newly revised and now in its third edition, Ancient Iraq covers the political, cultural, and socio-economic history of Mesopotamia from the days of prehistory to the Christian era and somewhat beyond. Dr. Rouz describes for the general public and students the empires that have successively arisen and collapsed in Mesopotamia as well as the institutions, religions, sciences and daily life of its inhabitants. That so vast a subject makes such absorbing reading is due not only to the inevitable fascination of the past but also to the light, yet exact, touch of a talented historian.
Mesopotamia hides many wonders, all of them waiting to be discovered as you see what it takes to excavate the past! Through archeological excavations and artifacts, readers get the real story of life in ancient civilizations. Learn about common experiences for children and adults, as well as comparisons between the lives of different societal classes. Each book explores the idiosyncrasies of daily life in an ancient civilization, as well as their religion, government, and warfare.
See what archaeologists see in this fantastically photograhed guide to ancient Mesopotamia. With entries on historical fictures, religion, daily life, the afterlife and their cities, each entry features intriguing insight into the world and lives of the ancient Assyrians, Sumerians and Babylonians.
Face2face Sennacherib: Encountering Assyria's Great and Terrifying RulerClive AndersonDay One Christian Ministries Inc / 2007 / Trade Paperback$3.99 Retail:
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"Sennacherib was once a name to send a chill down spines, yet today, relatively few have heard of him, and even fewer know much about him. Lord Byron immortalized one part of his life in a poem, but there was much more to this man than King and fearsome warrior. Coming face to face with him in this book not only reveals a complex and multi-talented man, but also the formidable enemy that the land of Judah, its king Hezekiah and prophet Isaiah were confronted with at a time of national crisis.Today, many Christians across the world find themselves faced with situations that appear to be beyond their control.
Antiquity: From the Birth of Sumerian Civilization to the Fall of the Roman EmpireNorman F. CantorHarperPerennial / 2004 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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In this fascinating and comprehensive analysis, the author explores social and cultural history, as well as the political and economic aspects of his narrative. He explains leading themes in religion and philosophy and discusses the environment, population, and public health. With his signature authority and insight, Cantor highlights the great books and ideas of antiquity that continue to influence culture today.
A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000-323 B.C.--Second EditionMarc Van De MieroopWiley-Blackwell / 2006 / Trade Paperback$42.49 Retail:
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"At a time when authors have created sweeping positivist histories and dubious claims built on questionable connections, this book demonstrates the potential for responsible and critical historical analysis,"---Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
The Ancient Near East is a well-informed work which guides the reader from the most remote times up to the Hellenistic age. It is easy to read and has great teaching value. Kuhrt provides up-to-date narrative, taking into account the latest archaeological and textual discoveries and deals with the complex problems of interpretation and methodology.
Uriah the Hittite has found refuge from the Greeks in the Canaanite city of Tyre. Now the decision by Jotham, the Hebrew, to save a child from being sacrificed to Moloch forces Uriah to choose life over reverence of Tyre's fearsome god. The three escape to the hill country of Judea, where Deborah and Barak are mustering the Hebrews to fight the Canaanites. This meticulously researched novel is set in the time of the Judges, and incorporates Biblical facts with a gripping story, set against the wide background of ancient civilizations.
Inanna's Journey to Hell tells the story of the Sumerian fertility goddess and is the earliest known poem on that greatest of myths - which has haunted writers from Homer to Sartre - the descendent into the underworld. The Sumerian Underworld, Adapa: The Man and A Prayer to the Gods of Night are also included in this edition, which comes complete with introductions and glossary of names.
Often overshadowed by ancient Egypt in the public imagination, Mesopotamia was nonetheless a great civilization that had a direct impact on biblical culture. Leick steps back 7,000 years to explore the area where urban living began. Using fragments of jewelry, textiles, and writings, she pieces together a colorful picture of the Mesopotamians' everyday lives and advanced society.
In Babylon: Mesopotamia and teh Birth of Civilization, Paul Kriwaczek tells the story of Mesopotamia from the earliest settlements seven thousand years ago to the eclipse of Babylon in the sixth century BCE. Bringing the people of this land to life in vibrant detail, the author chronicles the rise and fall of power during this period and explores the political and social systems, as well as the technical and cultural innovations, which made this land extraordinary. At the heart of this book is the story of Babylon, which rose to prominence under the Amorite king Hammurabi from about 1800 BCE.
"Will be useful to librarians as a reference tool and to students, teachers, and general readers at all levels for its wealth of readily accessible information on ancient Mesopotamian life and times. Recommended,"---Choice. From Babylonian architects to Assyrian generals. 416 pages, softcover.