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Mesopotamia - Civilization Begins

Ariane Thomas Timothy Potts



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Getty Publications
14 April 2020
History of art: ancient & classical art; History; Middle Eastern history; Ancient history: to c 500 CE; Archaeology
Mesopotamia, in modern-day Iraq, was home to the remarkable ancient civilizations of Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia, and Assyria. From the rise of the first cities around 3500 BCE, through the mighty empires of Nineveh and Babylon, to the demise of its native culture around 100 CE, Mesopotamia produced some of the most powerful and captivating art of antiquity and led the world in astronomy, mathematics, and other sciences-a legacy that lives on today.

Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins presents a rich panorama of ancient Mesopotamia's history, from its earliest prehistoric cultures to its conquest by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE. This catalogue records the beauty and variety of the objects on display, on loan from the Louvre's unparalleled collection of ancient Near Eastern antiquities: cylinder seals, monumental sculptures, cuneiform tablets, jewelry, glazed bricks, paintings, figurines, and more. Essays by international experts explore a range of topics, from the earliest French excavations to Mesopotamia's economy, religion, cities, cuneiform writing, rulers, and history-as well as its enduring presence in the contemporary imagination.
By:   Ariane Thomas, Timothy Potts
Imprint:   Getty Publications
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 294mm,  Width: 237mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   1.522kg
ISBN:   9781606066492
ISBN 10:   1606066498
Pages:   236
Publication Date:   14 April 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ariane Thomas is curator of the Mesopotamian Collections, Department of Near Eastern Antiquities, Muse e du Louvre, Paris/ Timothy Potts is director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

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