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Ancient Mesopotamia: Everyday Life in the First Civilisation

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Book Summary of Ancient Mesopotamia: Everyday Life in the First Civilisation

The civilization of Ancient Mesopotamia flourished between 3300 BC and 2000 BC in the southern half of the lands between and to either side of the Tigris and Euphrates, where a vast grain harvest (about equal to Canada's today) supported a large and well-ordered population. The early development of cuneiform writing, the world's first phonetic script, means that for the first time in the history of humanity it is possible to learn something of how people thought and felt. This book aims to do just that and, as the reader soon finds out, succeeds triumphantly. Jean Bottero and his colleagues take the reader on a voyage of discovery into the public and private realms of the lives of our first civilized ancestors -- their cooking and eating, feasts and festivals, wine and drinking, love and sex, what women could do and what they couldn't, magic and medicine, trial by ordeal, life in a palace above and below stairs, astrology and divination, gods and religion, and literature and myth.

Details of Book: Ancient Mesopotamia: Everyday Life in the First Civilisation (BSID:88983)

Book Ancient Mesopotamia: Everyday Life in the First Civilisation
Author Jean Bottero
ISBN 0748613889
ISBN-13 9780748613885, 978-0748613885
Binding Paperback
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Publishing Date 2001-07-10
Number of Pages 288
Language English

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Lili July 12, 2016 review from Goodreads

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Michael August 28, 2018 review from Goodreads

More of a waste of space than anything. It's written by three writers. The first, Georges Roux is super boring. I don't think he could be more boring if he tried. It took him a bunch of pages to say something that could've been said in a paragraph. The second is Bertrand Lafont, who was pretty decen

Two Readers September 11, 2020 review from Goodreads

From the essay "Did the Sumerian Emerge from the Sea" by Georges Rouxp. 19 : "But for our purposes, the most interesting part of the myth is the description of Dilmun that opens the story. To quote its last translator, Professor Kramer of Philadelphia, Dilmun is a 'pure', 'clean', 'shining' land, a

Sam July 21, 2013 review from Goodreads

A very entry-level (not a criticism! I don't read cuneiform!) compendium of what little is known about the various ancient Mesopotamian civilizations. Because the authors are all good scholars they refrain from the crazy-eyed generalizations and shocking, thinly supported theses I like in my non-fic

Dana February 23, 2012 review from Goodreads

A quick read with some interesting insights into Mesopotamian life. One complaint I have, though, is that it is a very etic perspective, and the author is rather critical of their culture.


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