Ancient Iraq: Third Edition by Georges RouxAncient Iraq: Third Edition by Georges Roux

Ancient Iraq: Third Edition

byGeorges Roux

Paperback | March 1, 1993

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Newly revised and containing information from recent excavations and discovered artifacts, Ancient Iraq covers the political, cultural, and socio-economic history from Mesopotamia days of prehistory to the Christian era.
Georges Roux was a French writer born in Salon-de-Provence in 1914. The son of an army officer, he lived for 12 years with his parents in Syria and Lebanon before returning to study medicine at the University of Paris, graduating in 1941. While practicing medicine he also pursued oriental studies at the École des Hautes Études. In 1950...
Title:Ancient Iraq: Third EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 7.79 × 5.1 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:014012523X

ISBN - 13:9780140125238

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book on Mesopotamia This is a really well written book on the history of Mesopotamia. The book starts off with an introduction to the geography of Iraq and how the Euphrates and Tigris have shifted over time, allowing once prosperous cities to be taken by the sands of the desert. It then shifts to early archeological excavations and those pioneers looking for proof of these biblical cities before the book moves onto the "prehistory" of Mesopotamia - Hassuna, Samarra, Halaf and Ubaid periods. It then spends the remaining bulk of the narrative (chapters 5 to 24) talking about the later civilizations of Mesopotamia and the near East - Uruk, Sumeria, Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians - delving into their interaction with Egypt, Mitanni, the Hittites, Chaldeans, Persia, the vassal states of the Levant, and of course each other. The last chapter discusses how these cities became "lost" to time during the Hellenic and post-Hellenic occupation of the area. Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, etc. and their exploits are all there including images and maps of the region (black and white) as well as an appendix on the timelines of the near East. Wonderful book - highly recommended for those interested in this subject.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Resource Gives an excellent introduction to Ancient Iraq, starting with Sumer, discussing the history rather than emphasizing the archaeology and myths.
Date published: 2014-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Resource Gives an excellent introduction to Ancient Iraq, starting with Sumer, discussing the history rather than emphasizing the archaeology and myths.
Date published: 2014-05-24

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Maps
Foreword to the Third Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
1. The Geographical Setting
The Twin Rivers
Regional Variations
Trade Routes

2. In Search of the Past
The Buried Cities of Iraq
Dating the Past
Archaeological Research in Iraq

3. From Cave to Farm

4. From Village to City
The Hassuna Period
The Samarra Period
The Halaf Period
The Ubaid Period

5. Birth of a Civilization
The Uruk Period
The Jemdat Nasr Period
The Sumerian Problem

6. The Gods of Sumer
The Sumerian Pantheon
Tales of Creation
Life, Death and Destiny

7. An Age of Heroes
From 'Adam' to the Deluge
The Great Flood
Dynasties of Supermen
The Story of Gilgamesh

8. The Early Dynastic Period
The Archaeological Context
The Sumerian City-states
Early Sumerian Rulers
Outline of History

9. The Akkadians
The Semites
Sargon of Akkad
The Akkadian Empire

10. The Great Kingdom of Ur
Ur-Nammu and Gudea
Shulgi, Amar-Sin and the Sumerian Empire
The Fall of Ur

11. The Amorites
Isin, Larsa and Babylon
Eshnunna and Assur
Mari and the Kingdom of Upper Mesopotamia

12. Hammurabi
The Statesman
The Lawgiver

13. In the Days of Hammurabi
The God in his Temple
The King in his Palace
The Citizen in his House

14. New Peoples
The Indo-Europeans
Asia Minor and the Hittites
Hurrians and Mitannians
Syria and Egypt

15. The Kassites
Hammurabi's Successors
Iraq under Kassite Rule

16. Kassites, Assyrians and the Oriental Powers
Egypt versus Mitanni
The Time of Suppiluliumas
Assur and Susa versus Babylon

17. The Time of Confusion
Israelites and Phoenicians
The Neo-Hittites
The Aramaeans
The Dark Age of Mesopotamia

18. The Rise of Assyria
Genesis of an Empire
Shalmaneser III

19. The Assyrian Empire/b>
Assyrian Eclipse
Tiglathpileser III
Sargon II

20. The House of Sargon

21. The Glory of Assyria
The Assyrian State
The Assyrian Army
Assyrian Arts

22. The Scribes of Nineveh
Mesopotamian Science
Mathematics and Astronomy

23. The Chaldaean Kings
The Fall of Nineveh
The Fall of Babylon

24. The Splendour of Babylon
Babylon, the Great City
The New Year Festival
Economic Life

25. Death of a Civilization
The Achaemenian Period
The Hellenistic Period
The Parthian Period

List of Abbreviations
Bibliography and Notes
Chronological Tables