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Historical Atlas of Ancient Mesopotamia

Historical Atlas of Ancient Mesopotamia

by Norman Bancroft Hunt


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The region between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers-known as Mesopotamia (literally, "between the rivers")-was a cradle of civilization. In this fertile area, nomadic peoples first settled in communities, began the practice of animal husbandry, and-with the invention of tools-started agriculture. Among the many innovations from Mesopotamia are the wheel, metal smelting, the first evidence of counting, applied mathematics, and, ultimately, an alphabet and the birth of literature. In the series of great empires that followed, the first civil laws were established, from which subsequent civilizations drew their own.

Historical Atlas of Ancient Mesopotamia traces the historical, cultural, and political development of Mesopotamia, from about the time that writing was established and through its battles with Egypt, Greece, Rome, and finally the conquering power of Islam. It covers all aspects of ancient Mesopotamian history and culture, with an engaging text, specially created maps, diagrams, full-color photographs, and illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816057306
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/15/2003
Series: Historical Atlas Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.14(w) x 11.82(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Overview of Ancient Mesopotamia6
Chapter 1The First Farmers10
Expanding onto the Plains12
The 'Ubaid Period, c.5200-3500 BC14
The Eridu Genesis16
Chapter 2Sumeria, the Early Empires18
Uruk, the True Genesis, c.3700-3500 BC20
The King of Kish, 3000 BC22
Early Dynastic Sumeria, 2900-2400 BC24
Sumerian Cuneiform and Cylinder Seals26
The Supremacy of Ur, 2750 BC28
Temples and Royal Estates30
The Epic of Gilgamesh32
Sumerian Deities34
The Royal Tombs of Ur36
Sumerian Home Life38
The Sumerian King List40
Unification of the City-States42
The Kingdom of Mari44
Chapter 3Sargon and the Empire of Akkad46
Sargon Conquers the City-States, 2340 BC48
Nippur, the Untouchable City50
The Gutian Period, 2230-2109 BC52
Sumerian Resurgence54
Ur-Nammu's Legal Code56
The Isin-Larsa Period, 2025-1763 BC58
Chapter 4Old Babylonia, 1900-1100 BC60
The Development of Mathematics62
Babylonian Administration66
Hammurabi's Conquests68
The Code of Hammurabi70
Chapter 5The Hittite Invasions, 1600-1300 BC72
Ambitions of Mursilis and Telepinus74
Trade in the Mediterranean76
Conquering and Abandoning Babylonia78
Chapter 6Kassites, Elamites, Mitanni-the Struggle for Domination, 1570-1157 BC80
A Sumerian Renaissance82
Crippled by the Assyrians84
The Elamites86
Incursion of the Mitanni, 1500-1275 BC88
Caught Between the Hittites and Assyria90
Chapter 7The Assyrian Empire, 1420-609 BC92
Assyrian Daily Life94
The New Kingdom98
Tiglath-Pileser and Sargon100
Assyrian Hunting102
Assyrian Military Organization104
Forced Migrations106
The Library of Ashurbanipal110
The Rise of New Babylonia116
Chapter 8Chaldea: Neo Babylonia, 612-539 BC118
Nebuchadnezzar's Hanging Gardens120
New Babylon122
Tower of Babel124
Babylonian Daily Life126
The Decline of Chaldea128
Chapter 9The First Persian Empire, 539-312 BC130
Cyrus II and the Rise of Darius132
Pasargadae City134
Zoroastrianism and Mithraism136
Games and Pastimes138
Developments under Darius140
The Glory of Persepolis142
The Persian-Greek War146
Persian-Greek Influences148
Alexander the Great150
The Seleucid Dynasty152
Chapter 10Parthia, c.250 BC-AD 224154
Parthian Trade and Administration156
Minstrels and Poets158
Mithridates and the Parthian Empire160
The Independent Kingdoms162
Roman Invasions164
Parthian Cavalry166
Hatra and Trade168
Christian Immigration170
The Sassanian Revolt172
Chapter 11The Sassanian Empire, AD 224-651174
Shapur's Victories176
Sassanian-Roman Wars178
The Sassanian Army180
Sassanian Art182
The Rise of Islam184
Conclusion: A Mesopotamian Legacy186

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wildbill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was easy reading but since I know very little about this part of the world I had the pleasure of learning a great deal. In 200 pages the book covers from Sumer to Islam, about 4,000 years. There were some very good maps which included large area maps and maps of cities. There were also some interesting diagrams of smaller areas such as palace compounds. The book was chock full of pictures of ruins and different types of art works.The book is listed at 12" by 9" and the big pages made me feel a little bit like a kid reading a grownup's book. That contributed to the fun factor.I thought the rise of Sumer was very interesting. The change from sedentary culture to cosmopolitan civilization reminded me of some of the material in Guns, Germs and Steel. There were many different cultures which occupied the area. Babylonia grew to be a city of 50,000, the largest city in the world at the time. There were a series of empires in Persia ending with the Sassassians. The Romans fought the Parthians and the Sassassians. Alexander the Great's Hellenistic civilization thrived in parts of this area.It did seem like some of the maps could have been better. There were place names referred to that I could not find on the maps. Learning light with lots of maps and pictures, what fun! Another good part is that I can read it again because I didn't learn everything in the book.The publisher Checkmark Books is part of Facts on File. Facts on File publishes The Cultural Atlas of Ancient Mesopotamia and the Near East. That book is written at a higher level of scholarship and does not cover as lengthy a period. This book showed me how interesting the history of that area is. I will have my eye out for a good deal on the Cultural Atlas.