By Gwendolyn Leick
Greater than seven thousand years in the past, the 1st city civilization all started in Mesopotamia, in a space such as present-day Iraq. This impressive ebook is the 1st to bare lifestyle because it was once in ten long-lost Mesopotamian towns. utilizing archaeological fragments of knickknack, textiles, and writings, anthropologist Gwendolyn Leick paints a colourful photograph of the lives of Mesopotamians-from poets and clergymen to businesswomen and divorcées-and the fantastic achievements in their complex and imaginitive society.
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