Civilizations of Ancient Iraq

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Princeton University Press, 2009 - History - 297 pages
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""Civilizations of Ancient Iraq" is an elegantly engaging account of cultural and political history around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers from the first human settlements to the coming of Islam. Equally importantly the authors describe the rediscovery of Mesopotamia beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and highlight the dire state of Iraqi heritage today. They deftly interweave quotations from Babylonian and Sumerian literature with the latest archaeological and historical research to bring their narrative to life."--Eleanor Robson, author of "Mathematics in Ancient Iraq: A Social History"

"With its penetrating asides about Iraq's archaeological history and the recent fate of its antiquities, this introduction to the country's ancient history will be a revelation to general readers. Iraqi history has not been covered before with this concision or with this concern for the history of archaeology and how the archaeological record has been affected by the country's current conditions. "Civilizations of Ancient Iraq" is written with flair."--Daniel C. Snell, author of "Life in the Ancient Near East"

"Original and unique, this ambitious grand survey provides a refreshing history of ancient Iraq in its entirety in one brief and accessible volume. Considering the current crisis in Iraq, and especially the catastrophe facing its ancient heritage, general readers should find this book interesting. It should also inspire students and scholars to approach the history of ancient Iraq as a whole rather than a set of fragments."--Marc Van De Mieroop, author of "King Hammurabi of Babylon: A Biography"


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A good introduction to the ancient civilizations of Iraq, but certainly not the defining text. Read full review

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Well written & straightforward account for laymen, with an alarm at the end alerting us to the advancing destruction of archaeological evidence in the area. I read CIVILIZATIONS OF ANCIENT IRAQ ... Read full review


In the Beginning
The Birthplace of Civilization
Early CityStates
Kings of the Four Quarters of the World
The Age of Hammurabi
Babylonia in the Family of Nations
The Assyrian Achievement
The Glory of Babylon
Mesopotamia between Two Worlds
Sassanian Iraq
Epilogue Discovery and Destruction

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About the author (2009)

Benjamin R. Foster is the Laffan Professor of Assyriology and Babylonian Literature and curator of the Babylonian Collection at Yale University. Karen Polinger Foster is a lecturer in ancient Near Eastern and Aegean art at Yale.

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