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Mesopotamia - Civilization Begins

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A richly illustrated book tracing the history of Mesopotamia from its earliest  prehistoric cultures to its conquest by Alexander the Great

Mesopotamia, in modern-day Iraq, was home to the remarkable ancient civilizations of Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia, and Assyria. From the rise of the first cities around 3500 BCE, through the mighty empires of Nineveh and Babylon, to the demise of its native culture around 100 CE, Mesopotamia produced some of the most powerful and captivating art of antiquity and led the world in astronomy, mathematics, and other sciences-a legacy that lives on today. Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins presents a rich panorama of ancient Mesopotamia's history, from its earliest prehistoric cultures to its conquest by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE.

This catalogue records the beauty and variety of the objects on display, on loan from the Louvre's unparalleled collection of ancient Near Eastern antiquities: cylinder seals, monumental sculptures, cuneiform tablets, jewellery, glazed bricks, paintings, figurines, and more. Essays by international experts explore a range of topics, from the earliest French excavations to Mesopotamia's economy, religion, cities, cuneiform writing, rulers, and history-as well as its enduring presence in the contemporary imagination.

Details
  • Author: Ariane Thomas, curator of the Mesopotamian Collections, Musée du   Louvre
  • Hardcover: 236 pages | 262 colour and 33 black and white illustrations
  • Date published: April 2020
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1606066492
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 23.7 cm

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