Early Mesopotamia: Society and Economy at the Dawn of History (Paperback)
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Short Description for Early Mesopotamia The roots of our modern world lie in this early civilisation, which saw the first urban society and the invention of writing. Postgate uses both historical and archaeological data to reveal this society's social and technological innovations.
- Published: 01 August 1994
- Format: Paperback 392 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415110327 ISBN 10: 0415110327
- Sales rank: 284,828
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Old World civilisation began in the Near East, in the Nile Valley and in Mesopotamia, where two very different cultures prospered. Egypt, isolated as it was within the Nile Valley, largely failed to export its culture. Early Mesopotamia, however, exerted its influence throughout the Near Eastern world. Postgate's book assesses the influence of this fascinating culture, examining modern scholarship in the light of archaeological discovery. Early Mesopotamia has left us with an abundance of inscribed clay tablets from a wide variety of sources, from government institutions and diplomatic correspondence, to legal proceedings and private correspondence. With the help of illustrations and quotations from these documents, Postgate reveals the organisation of the world's first urban society. Surprisingly modern at times, this ancient culture was technologically and socially innovative, as well as acutely self-analytical and dominated by bureaucracy and commerce. One of the strengths of this book is the integration of historical and archaeological data which until now has been largely scattered in specialist literature.