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Ancient Mesopotamia (Susan Pollock) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1999) 9780521573344
Ancient Mesopotamia (Susan Pollock) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1999) 9780521573344
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Title: Ancient Mesopotamia

Author: Pollock, Susan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1999

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521573344

Volumes: 1; Pages: 272

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This is an in-depth treatment of the antecedents and first flourescence of early state and urban societies in lowland Mesopotamia over nearly three millennia, from approximately 5000 to 2100 B.C.. The approach is explicitly anthropological, drawing 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 political, economic, and ideological changes. The interpretations are based on studies of regional settlement patterns, faunal remains, artifact distributions and activity patterning, iconography, texts and burials.Reviews"Pollock's writing flows easily and does not obfuscate her materials."--Choice"Pollock is blessed with an enviable ability to explain these matters clearly and concisely, so her work makes a fine textbook for students as well as philologists and nonspecialists seeking an up-to-date account of early Mesopotamian history. I learned a great deal from her book and found it as excellent teaching tool as well."--AJA"... refreshing..."--Religious Studies ReviewContents1. Introduction2. Geographic setting and environment3. Settlement patterns4. Making a living: tributary economics of the fifth and fourth millennia5. A changing way of life: the oikos-based economy of the third millennium6. The growth of bureaucracy7. Ideology and images of power8. Death and the ideology of community
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