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« Topic Start: February 20, 2010, 04:23:15 pm »

Title:  Mesopotamia: Assyrians, Sumerians, Babylonians
Author(s): Enrico Ascalone
Publisher: Berkeley:  University of California Press
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 0520252667
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From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:
This book is an attempt to provide an overview of Mesopotamian culture and, to a lesser extent, history for the non-specialist. As the title suggests, Ascalone limits his study of Mesopotamia to the Assyrian, Sumero-Babylonian cultures. Other 'cuneiform cultures' such as the Hurrians and Hittites are not considered. The major feature of the book is the copious, splendid photographs and drawings, making it more of an 'illustration' of Mesopotamia rather than a 'dictionary' as the series title claims. While Ascalone has attempted to include a great deal of information in Mesopotamia, one fears that due to its compact format the non-specialist might struggle to extract much of what is contained. Despite this, Mesopotamia is a concise and useful work for the general public.

Read the full review at the Bryn Mawr Classic Review web site.

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This beautifully illustrated guide to the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, is the perfect companion for travelers and armchair travelers alike. It provides a concise survey of three ancient cultures that have often been misunderstood, both because of Biblical and neoclassical traditions, and because of twentieth- and twenty-first-century events. Lavishly illustrated in full color on every page, the book is arranged topically to cover the broad areas of life, such as people, politics, religion, the world of the dead, and important places and monuments. The text emphasizes the archaeological and literary evidence pertaining to Mesopotamia during the period before the arrival of Alexander the Great, beginning with the written sources, including the list of Sumerian kings and the epic of Gilgamesh, and continuing with the major personages, such as the Akkadian monarchy from Sargon through Nabonedo. The book also brings together the principal Mesopotamian works of art that have been dispersed in museums worldwide - notably the materials from the Baghdad Museum that were damaged or lost in the present war. Packed with information, images, maps, diagrams, and reconstructions, Mesopotamia is the perfect companion to an important ancient civilization.

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