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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. 360 pages, softcover from Penguin.
Situated in an area roughly corresponding to present-day Iraq, Mesopotamia is one of the great, ancient civilizations, though it is still relatively unknown. Yet, over 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the very first cities were created. This is the first book to reveal how life was lived in ten Mesopotamian cities: from Eridu, the Mesopotamian Eden, to that potent symbol of decadence, Babylon - the first true metropolis: multicultural, multi-ethnic, the last centre of a dying civilization.
GWENDOLYN LEICK is an anthropologist and Assyriologist. She is the author of various publications on the Ancient Near East, including A Dictionary of Near Eastern Mythology and Sex & Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature. She also acts as a cultural tour guide in the Middle East, lecturing on history, archaeology and anthropology.