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  • Title: Mesopotamia: The Invention of the City
  • Author: Gwendolyn Leick
  • ISBN: 9780140265743
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, urban living beganMesopotamia, situated roughly where Iraq is today, was one of the greatest ancient civilizations It was here that the very first cities were created, and where the familiar sights of modern urban life public buildings and gardens, places of worship, even streets and pavements were originally invented.This remarOver 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, urban living beganMesopotamia, situated roughly where Iraq is today, was one of the greatest ancient civilizations It was here that the very first cities were created, and where the familiar sights of modern urban life public buildings and gardens, places of worship, even streets and pavements were originally invented.This remarkable book is the first to reveal everyday life as it was in ten long lost Mesopotamian cities, beginning with Eridu, the Mesopotamian Eden, and ending with Babylon, the first true metropolis cosmopolitan, decadent, multicultural and the last centre of a dying civilization Using archaeological fragments of jewellery, textiles and writings Gwendolyn Leick paints a colourful picture of the lives of Mesopotamians from poets and priests to business women and divorcees and the incredible achievements of their advanced and imaginative society.As Leick convincingly shows, Mesopotamian antiquity has as much interest as, and even greater importance than, Egypt and her welcome book helps redress the balance of knowledge in its direction Independent on Sunday
    Mesopotamia The Invention of the City Over years ago in Mesopotamia urban living beganMesopotamia situated roughly where Iraq is today was one of the greatest ancient civilizations It was here that the very first cities were crea

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    1. After reading David Damrosch s The Buried Book, I was eager to read about Mesopotamia a place and culture which has influenced so much of humanity s subsequent history, but about which we often know all too little This book looked like the perfect way to get information it discussed the building of early cities, which includes so much of what s relevant to humanity Interaction, education, religion, etc, etc.Unfortunately, it s badly written Or rather, it s overwritten sentences meander along t [...]

    2. Another one for the great topic, awful book category I could have given it two stars, but I m tired of giving out stars for effort and intention I wrote an undergrad thesis on Epicurus, so I m used to making a lot of interpretation out of a very little evidence I was very proud when I handed in my first full draft my supervisor, a world renowned expert on that stuff, told me I d convinced him, and my heart nearly exploded Then he told me that I had to re write the whole thing, because it was tot [...]

    3. Rather a different History on Mesopotamia as it s concentration on the leading City at a particular point in History, makes the book rather confusing to anybody without a certain Knowledge of the birth of civilisation as the 4000 year history, the cities tended to Overlap Still hugely interesting, I particularly enjoyed the story of Eridu the very first city before recorded history and the luxury the inhabitants lived by, fascinating stuff

    4. I very much enjoyed this book electronic version on a Kindle and found the format ideal Leick discusses ten different ancient Mesopotamian cities, roughly in order of their peak dates of influence For each city, she describes both the modern history of excavations and research, and what we know or believe about the culture and history of each ancient community Some readers might prefer a book that gave greater place to the overall sweep of ancient Mesopotamian history, but one virtue of Leick s [...]

    5. This was an interesting subject that was poorly executed I appreciate all archaeologists do, I just wish of them knew how to write interesting books This was dryer then the region it discusses I wanted a book to tell me about ancient Mesopotamia cities, instead I got a book that told me about artifacts that where found in layer T 7 and all about the wonderfully world of pottery fragments, and how different kinds of dirt make different kinds of pottery I am sure all of that is useful information [...]

    6. Leick explores the ancient world of Mesopotamia through some of her key cities, from the very oldest to the later examples, including sites such as the famous cities of Ur, Akkad, Nineveh, and Babylon Each chapter covers one city, and is begun by a recounting of the archaeological work done at the site A portrait is painted of the city at its height, any peculiar local cultural customs are examined, and any notable personages connected with the city are recalled The chapter then closes with a se [...]

    7. Overview of roughly 7,000 years of history 7,000 BCE to 500 BCE Ten famous cities are each given a chapter A brief history of modern excavation is followed by a brief description of the archaeology The remainder most of the chapter focuses on one or key facets of the history cuneiform tablets, not archaeology.The disadvantage of this style is that it feels disjointed and missing big parts I believe this is the author s intention She frequently points out that there is both overwhelming amounts [...]

    8. An eclectic examination of Mesopotamian history Each chapter covers one city and generally describes archaeological findings, writings about the city, and what is known about the culture The coverage is unavoidably patchwork, especially for the older periods, due to the limited evidence available Nevertheless, Leick does a good job of describing what evidence is available and calling out theories that do not follow from the evidence as speculative Leick avoids a grand central thesis or sweeping [...]

    9. A very attractive book if you re into this sort of thing Covers a number of cities from their foundation to eventual abandonment Nicely presented.

    10. This is a fun and easy read and manages to take itself less seriously than some on the subject Who doesn t need a smile when knee deep in dust

    11. I m impressed by the amount of knowledge that there is now about the sumerians and how much we have inherited from them I particularly liked the pieces were the way of life and the mythology were described I also liked how women contribution was highlighted where it was due Discovering that the first poet we know the name of was a woman and that she laid the groundwork of poetry rules for the following millenia was great as well as the story of creation of men who were at some point drunk and cr [...]

    12. I eventually had to put this one aside By splitting the book into a city by city analysis, the structure introduces chronological confusion This would be fine for an engaging, narrative history or popular overview of ancient Mesopotamia, but the author s writing style is distinctly academic The prose has that rigid, formulaic feel of a writing seminar I felt there was too much emphasis on the history of the archaeological sciences and expeditions and less informed information on the invention of [...]

    13. A nice approach to the topic of the cradle of civilisation, however not sure she really pulls it off to give the insight we need.

    14. An excellent overview of some of the great cities of Mesopotamia Each section is divided up by city i.e chapter 1 is about Uruk, Chapter 2 Ur, ect first presenting the archaeological evidence of what was where and how it was re discovered in the 18 and 19 hundreds The most amazing part of this story comes next the author goes over the history of each city The records for these histories come from the Mesopotamians themselves Each excavated city has thousands of clay tables covered in cuneiform w [...]

    15. Luckily I ve got some knowledge and understanding of ancient Mesopotamian culture and civilisation as I think without that, this would be a very challenging read Partly because the author s style is dry, pretty repetitive and full if unnecessary over complex sentences Although the approach of individual chapters on individual cities highlights the challenges facing archeologists given the patchy archeological, it results in a lot of jumping about in both time and topic than a bit confusing Also [...]

    16. In this book, author Gwendolyn Leick, an anthropologist and Assyriologist, describes the ancient history of Mesopotamia by way of ten cities Eridu, Uruk, Shuruppak, Akkad, Ur, Nippur, Sippar, Ashur, Nineveh, and Babylon The cities are given separate chapters which are arranged roughly chronologically from the beginnings of Eridu in the fifth millennium BCE to the end of Babylonian culture in the first centuries of the Common Era The chapters are further divided by topic, including the story of t [...]

    17. Buen libro Adem s de contar la historia de las ciudades de Mesopotamia y los imperios que surgieron all , se conoce aspectos de los inicios mismos de la Arqueolog a como ciencia y como ha ido evolucionando hasta el siglo XX Tambi n hay que resaltar los pasajes de textos antiguos que se colocan para ilustrar el pensamiento y vida de los antiguos pobladores de esas tierras.

    18. Haven t finished it but I love what I ve read so far Each section seems to focus on a particular city and it s society Some people might not like it since it s about the architecture and society of the individual cities than an overview of the whole Mesopotamian culture I m just a history buff, not an expert or anything, but I really like this book.

    19. Uno de los mejores libros de historia antigua que he le do En lugar de contar una historia lineal, se detiene en 10 ciudades mesopot micas y estudia su evoluci n y sus caracter sticas No esper is una historia de batallas, fechas y se ores con nombres raros Leick da los datos justos para poder centrarse en describir c mo viv a la gente, en qu cre a y c mo constru an sus ciudades.

    20. Straight archaeological info on the fertile crescent and the area which spawned the whole concept of city life Fascinating stuff Makes me worry about all those sites which are being trampled over by the war in Iraq.

    21. Great book I felt she could ve gone a little futher with Mesopotamian religion and how the city was organized around the belief system but, still, excellent work Very readable and definitely an important contribution Loved it.

    22. Very detailed yet simple Mesopotamia s Legends , Myths and wonders of library in present day of Iraq Story of Shruppak, Sargon.

    23. Excellent review book with meticulous research Easily navigable through cities and makes it easier to follow the trail Well done.

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