First Civilizations

First Civilizations

by Erica C. Hunter, Mike Corbishley




First Civilizations, Revised Edition details the fascinating culture of Mesopotamia -- the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers -- and the ancient Near East, the region generally known as the cradle of civilization. The evolution of hunter-gathering societies there into the first villages is presented through photographs and illustrations of artifacts and other evidence from archeological sites. The atlas is divided into two sections. The Land and the People traces the development of village and urban life. Subjects covered include animals in daily life, writing, and religion and ritual. Kingdoms and Empires charts the rise and fall of the great political entities of the Near East. Included are the late Assyrian Empire, the Babylonian revival and the Persian Empire. As most of the information historians have about these civilizations comes from archeological excavations, special features describe artifacts from specific sites. Clearly written and with more than 200 maps and illustrations, First Civilizations, Revised Edition is an excellent general introduction to the history of the region where civilization was first nurtured.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816051496
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/28/2003
Series: Cultural Atlas for Young People Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 9.04(w) x 11.74(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Table of Dates6
Part 1The Land and the People
Physical Background10
Archeology in the Near East12
Early Peoples (to 11,000 BCE)14
Mesopotamian Sites - Shanidar16
Early Village Life18
First Farmers (11,000-9300 BCE)20
Animals in Daily Life22
Builders and Trade24
The Art of Pottery26
First Civilization (7000-4000 BCE)28
Mesopotamian Sites - Tell Madhhur30
Birth of the City (4000-3000 BCE)32
Mesopotamian Sites - Uruk34
Cylinder Seals36
States in Conflict (3000-2350 BCE)40
Mesopotamian Sites - Nippur and Ebla42
Mesopotamian Sites - Ur44
Religion and Ritual48
Part 2Kingdoms and Empires
Kings of Agade (2350-2000 BCE)52
Rival Kingdoms (2000-1600 BCE)54
Law and Society56
Mittani and the Assyrians58
The Kassites (1600-1200 BCE)60
Everyday Life62
New Powers64
Israel and Judah66
Mesopotamian Sites - Kalhu68
Late Assyrian Rule (1000-750 BCE)70
Assyria Triumphant (750-626 BCE)72
Mesopotamian Sites - Ashur and Nineveh74
Babylonian Revival (626-560 BCE)78
Mesopotamian Sites - Babylon80
The Persian Empire (560-521 BCE)82
Darius' Empire (521-486 BCE)84
Mesopotamian Sites - Susa86
The Final Years (486-323 BCE)88
War and Looting90
Glossary and Further Reading92

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