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Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Jean Bottero


The civilisation of Ancient Mesopotamia flourished between 3300 BC and 2000 BC in the southern half of the lands between and either side of the Tigris and Euphrates, where a vast grain harvest (about equal to Canada's today) supported a large and well-ordered population. The early development of cuneiform writing, the world's first phonetic script, means that, for the first time in the history of humanity, it is possible to learn something of how people thought and felt. This book aims to do just that and, as the reader soon finds out, succeeds triumphantly. It takes the reader on a voyage of ... More

Keywords: Ancient Mesopotamia, Tigris, Euphrates, cuneiform writing, phonetic script, civilisation, festivals, literature, medicine, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780748613878
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean Bottero, author