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Sumer and the Sumerians
Mesopotamia produced one of the best-known ancient civilizations, with a literate, urban culture and highly-developed political institutions. Harriet Crawford reviews the extraordinary social and technological developments in the region over a period of two millennia (from 3800 to 2000 BC) in this fully revised and expanded edition of her classic text. Drawing on the most ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published November 8th 2004 by Cambridge University Press
(first published April 26th 1991)
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A university set text for me. Good, plain information. I worry about its age (amendments 2004); obviously people are better off with her newly-edited The Sumerian World. It was for a unit on ancient art, which is odd because my one complaint was about the art -- don't let the cover persuade you there is any: only line drawings, and furthermore, I didn't like her discussions of art. Too ready to dismiss pieces as 'provincial' or crude when there's a hell of a lot more to them. I gather her streng ...more
I agree with some of the other reviewers that it’s not clear who, if anyone, this book is intended for. I’ve only gotten through the first two chapters, but the poor organization means that the book is only fully comprehensible by those who don't need it. A crucial point in expository writing is to define your terms when you first use them, especially in a book for “students beginning to study the archeology and history of the ancient Near East.” The author introduces the discussion of the cruci ...more
The book did not hold my attention & I stopped reading after approx. 50 pages. It seems that it is not a book for a lay-person who wants to know the history and world outlook of the Sumerians. It seems that the book is dedicated more to what we don't know than what we do know. The Sumerians deserve more than this.
Mar 08, 2016 Gabriel Clarke rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Fascinating and, reading the conclusions of the last chapter (written in 2004) and its hopes for future for Iraqi scholarship and the potential for continuing research, unintentionally heartbreaking.
Dec 13, 2015 Mary rated it liked it · review of another edition
Provides an overview of what the archaeological evidence tells us about Sumerian civilization. Most of the illustrations are maps, floor plans, or line drawings. I would have found more photographs, especially of the sculptures and grave goods discussed, helpful. Sometimes with all the detailed descriptions of evidence, it can be difficult to keep track of the big picture - Crawford's final chapter summarizing political and economic trends was very welcome.