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Ancient Mesopotamia : Portrait of a Dead Civilization, Paperback by Oppenheim, A. Leo
"This splendid work of scholarship . . . sums up with economy and power all that the written record so far deciphered has to tell about the ancient and complementary civilizations of Babylon and Assyria." Edward B. Garside, New York Times Book Review Ancient Mesopotamia the area now called Iraq has received less attention than ancient Egypt and other long-extinct and more spectacular civilizations. But numerous small clay tablets buried in the desert soil for thousands of years make it possible for us to know more about the people of ancient Mesopotamia than any other land in the early Near East. Professor Oppenheim, who studied these tablets for more than thirty years, used his intimate knowledge of long-dead languages to put together a distinctively personal picture of the Mesopotamians of some three thousand years ago. Following Oppenheim's death, Erica Reiner used the author's outline to complete the revisions he had begun. "To any serious student of Mesopotamian civilization, this is one of the most valuable books ever written." Leonard Cottrell, Book Week "Leo Oppenheim has made a bold, brave, pioneering attempt to present a synthesis of the vast mass of philological and archaeological data that have accumulated over the past hundred years in the field of Assyriological research." Samuel Noah Kramer, Archaeology A. Leo Oppenheim, one of the most distinguished Assyriologists of our time, was editor in charge of the Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute and John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Chicago."
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University of Chicago Press
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Table Of Content
List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsPreface to the Revised EditionPrefatory NoteIntroduction: AssyriologyWhy and How?I. The Making of MesopotamiaThe BackgroundThe SettingThe ActorsThe World AroundII. Go to, let us build a city and a tower!The Social TextureEconomic Facts"The Great Organizations"The CityUrbanismIII. Regnum a gente in gentem transferturHistorical Sources or Literature?An Essay on Babylonian HistoryAn Essay on Assyrian HistoryIV. Nah istund schwer zu fassen der GottWhy a "Mesopotamian Religion" Should Not Be WrittenThe Care and Feeding of the GodsMesopotamian "Psychology"The Arts of the DivinerV. Laterculis coctilibusThe Meaning of WritingThe ScribesThe Creative EffortPatterns in Non-Literary TextsVI. There are many strange wonders, but nothing more wonderful than manMedicine and PhysiciansMathematics and AstronomyCraftsmen and ArtistsEpilogueAppendix: Mesopotamian Chronology of the Historical Period by J. A. BrinkmanNotesBibliographical NotesGlossary of Names and TermsIndex