Ancient Mesopotamia : the eden that never was / Susan Pollock.

  • Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 1999
Physical description
xii, 259 p. : ill., maps, plans ; 24 cm.
  • 0521575680 (pbk.)
Local notes
  • Source of acquisition: Trinity College Carmarthen fund.
  • Includes bibliography (p. 228-249) and index.
  • List of figures -- List of tables -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Geographic setting and environment -- 3. Settlement patterns -- 4. Making a living : tributary economics of the fifth and fourth millennia -- 5. A changing way of life : the oikos-based economy of the third millennium -- 6. The growth of bureaucracy -- 7. Ideology and images of power -- 8. Death and the ideology of community -- 9. Conclusions -- Bibliographical essay -- Bibliography -- Index
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrated
  • English
  • This book is an in-depth treatment of the antecedents and first florescence of early state and urban societies in the alluvial lowlands of Mesopotamia over nearly three millennia, from approximately 5000 to 2100 BC. Susan Pollock's approach is explicitly anthropological, and draws on contemporary theoretical perspectives to enrich our understanding of the ancient Mesopotamian past. It explores the ways people of different genders and classes contributed and responded to changes in political, economic, and ideological realms. The interpretations are based on studies of regional settlement patterns, faunal remains, artifact distributions and activity patterning, iconography, texts and burials.

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