Mesopotamia - Civilization Begins Ariane Thomas, Timothy Potts

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
28 Jan 2020
ISBN:
9781606066492
Imprint:
Getty Publications
Dimensions:
236 pages: 294 x 237 x 22mm

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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.

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