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Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia [Paperback]

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Pages   346
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.02" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2002
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN  1565637127  
EAN  9781565637122  

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Travel the "land between the rivers" and explore Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia. Describing the bedrock of world civilizations, Yale scholar Karen Rhea Nemet-Nejat re-creates the ancient world of Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria in vivid detail. Discover fascinating information about home life, food, science, politics, warfare, recreation, religion, and more---taken from the ancients' own descriptions. Authoritative, illustrated, and lively, it offers invaluable background on the world of the Old Testament.

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Wonderful, readable, brilliant, comprehensive.  Feb 20, 2006
Informative and engrossing. Well-organized and well-researched. The best book on Mesopotamia I've read! It definitely gets a lot more of the daily-life issues correct than others (which occasionally suggest citizens lived in large two-story houses--what a joke).

All books I've read, however, make the same error about the map pictured on the cover of an earlier version of this book--a circle with triangular shapes coming from it. This map is often mistakenly cited as partly being of Scandinavia, as it has been translated as "country where the sun has not been seen." An understandable mistake, but what it actually signifies is unknown country--no one has seen the sun there because no one from the known world at the time had explored it. A more comprehensive (intact) map would have shown that this symbol was only one part of the world, not the entire world.

I hope Ms. Nemet-Nejat accepts this bit of information in the spirit in which it is offered. :-)
Helpful addition to general ANE studies  May 4, 2005
Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia is an excellent volume and highly recommended for the general audience, especially those who are interested in learning more about ancient Near Eastern backgrounds. Chapters center on major areas of life and society, for example, society, scholarship, recreation, religion, economy, and etc. Nemet-Nejat is sensitive to both the diachronic and synchronic development of topics so discussion is quite well developed in each chapter. With such an arrangement, however, there is some repetition, though minor, throughout the book. The beginning historical review is very helpful, even if most brief, and sets the stage for the development of topics in each chapter. The author's strength is in the area of mathematics and technology and they get emphasis in the book. Less discussion is found on integrated matters like environmental issues. There is a wealth of material in this book and so much is covered it is a bit encyclopedic at times but, nevertheless, well done. This book will be of interest to students of ancient history or any seeking a greater appreciation of biblical background material. There are very limited reference to the Bible and some strange. Saul's change of mind (literally heart) is take by the author as "he went off his rocker," 81, an older and limited perspective, indeed. Karen Rhea Nemet-Nejat is conversant in many areas of ANE studies and balances her discussion with excerpts from ancient texts and relevant contemporary sources. The book would be enhanced by a better bibliography. The book is a welcome contribution to the field and will be a very informative to any who read it!
Excellent Overview of Ancient Mesopotamia  Mar 22, 2000
Nemet-Nejat has compiled a great deal of information into this book. Although the historical overview was a little long and dry, most of the book was very interesting. Nemet-Nejat quotes from a number of original writings of the ancient Mesopotamians, giving a unique view into the thinking and culture of this ancient civilization.

The insights into education, religion, writing, and recreation were most interesting.


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