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Early Man: Prehistory and the Civilizations of the Ancient Near East

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  6 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Traces the development of man from the earliest food-gatherers thru the origins of civilization to the consolidation of the Persian Empire.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 12th 1973 by Oxford University Press (NY/London/Toronto)
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Catherine Woodman
Jul 24, 2014 Catherine Woodman rated it liked it
For the reader who has a very sketchy knowledge of Neolithic, Paleolithic, and the Bronze and Iron Era human civilizations, this is a very concise and readable history of this time period, with appropriate emphasis on the success of the Sumerian culture and it's influence on the surrounding area. They invented writing in the west, and they did it on durable clay tablets that persist into modern times. A very cool perspective on the past.
Barnaby Thieme
Aug 05, 2009 Barnaby Thieme rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, archaeology
A decent if basic overview of early man from the Paleolithic through early Rome. Useful for providing a rough outline of several early Levantine societies. Also includes many sumptuous photographs. Pretty old and a bit out-of-date.

I lowered my review from three stars to two stars to punish Starr for pilfering Samuel Kramer's excellent table of early alphabets without giving credit.
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