The Sumerian World explores the archaeology, history and art of southern Mesopotamia and its relationships with its neighbours from c.3,000 2,000BC Including material hitherto unpublished from recent excavations, the articles are organised thematically using evidence from archaeology, texts and the natural sciences This broad treatment makes the volume of interest to students looking for comparative data in allied subjects such as ancient literature and early religions Providing an authoritative, comprehensive and up to date overview of the Sumerian period written by some of the best qualified scholars in the field, The Sumerian World will satisfy students, researchers, academics and the knowledgeable layperson wishing to understand the world of southern Mesopotamia in the third millennium...
|Title||:||The Sumerian World (Routledge Worlds)|
|Publisher||:||Routledge 1 edition October 5, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||684 pages|
|File Size||:||579 KB|
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The Sumerian World (Routledge Worlds) Reviews
This book, an entry in the Routledge "Worlds" series, consists of 32 chapters examining myriad facets of Sumerian history and archaeology. The contributors are a diverse team of experts on Sumerian studies, and the material is grouped under six parts entitled "The Background", "Sumerian Society: The Material Remains", "System of Government", "Life and Death", "The Neighbors" (i.e. the peoples immediately bordering on the Sumerians) and "The Ends of the Sumerian World" (i.e. peoples somewhat further afield like the Egyptians with whom the Sumerians had contact). The book represents the state of the art as of 2012, and it even includes some archeological data that hadn't yet been published elsewhere.
I largely agree with Christopher Culver’s review, and am not qualified to judge the accuracy of the content. But I will note that the book is poorly edited. The table of figures is sadly lacking page numbers. There are frequent references to figures in other chapters, which require extensive searching. Sometimes they’re simply incorrect: map 29.1 is actually a duplicate of 0.2. The reader should instead consult map 0.1, though the intended map would presumably be more useful.
I am a tour guide at the Oriental Institute Museum. I told our librarian to order this book six months before it was to be published and sold. I have read about half of the essays which are very thorough yet very readable. I particularly enjoyed the essays on irrigation and the solving of the question of wether or not irrigation planning resulted in the incipient stages of civilization. I was also pleased to learn that their legal system was not overtly tough on the poor and widows, a sign that these people were not despotic.