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Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia ( Facts On File Library Of World History)
Ancient Mesopotamia was the home of not one but a succession of glorious civilizations that together flourished more than three millennia. It was Sumerian mathematicians who devised the sixty-minute hour. It was Babylonian architects who designed the fabled Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Facts on File
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Feb 12, 2009 Shauna rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in learning about ancient Mesopotamia
Of the three books on everyday life in ancient Mesopotamia I have, this one is the most comprehensive, truly covering most areas of life and thoroughly documenting the sources of his information. I do wish there had been more on women's lives, and I also wish that in addition to breadth he'd also striven for depth (although I guess that's what the detailed bibliography is for). The nonscholarly writing style is easy to read and entertaining.
'Handbook' is the operative word. Unless you're someone -- like me -- who reads reference books for entertainment, this isn't something you should pick up just to read. The information is organized like an encyclopedia and fairly dry. Often the author just presents a variety of list-like entries on major cities, rulers, etc. However, having once taken a class on the history of the ancient Near East, I find this book a nice refresher course and, of course, great for reference. My large complaint ...more
Stephen Bertman received his doctorate in Greek and Latin Literature from Columbia University, and holds additional degrees in Classics from New York University and in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis. Dr. Bertman has published extensively in the field of ancient Mediterranean civilization. In addition to articles and chapters on Classical and Near Eastern history and though, his book ...moreMore about Stephen Bertman...