"This splendid work of scholarship . . . sums up with economy and power all that the written record so far deciphered has to tell about the ancient and complementary civilizations of Babylon and Assyria."—Edward B. Garside, New York Times Book Review Ancient Mesopotamia—the area now called Iraq—has received less attention than ancient Egypt and other long-extinct and more spectacular civilizations. But numerous small clay tablets buried in the desert soil for thousands of years make it possible for us to know more about the people of ancient Mesopotamia than any other land in the early Near East. Professor Oppenheim, who studied these tablets for more than thirty years, used his intimate knowledge of long-dead languages to put together a distinctively personal picture of the Mesopotamians of some three thousand years ago. Following Oppenheim's death, Erica Reiner used the author's outline to complete the revisions he had begun. "To any serious student of Mesopotamian civilization, this is one of the most valuable books ever written."—Leonard Cottrell, Book Week "Leo Oppenheim has made a bold, brave, pioneering attempt to present a synthesis of the vast mass of philological and archaeological data that have accumulated over the past hundred years in the field of Assyriological research."—Samuel Noah Kramer, Archaeology A. Leo Oppenheim, one of the most distinguished Assyriologists of our time, was editor in charge of the Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute and John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Chicago.
Portrait of a Dead Civilization
Author: A. Leo Oppenheim
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
die antiken Kulturen zwischen Euphrat und Tigris
Author: Barthel Hrouda
Category: Civilization, Assyro-Babylonian
Mehr als Mesopotamien Jeder, der bei den Hochkulturen Vorderasiens nur an Mesopotamien denkt, wird durch Hans J. Nissen eines Besseren belehrt: Er erfasst die gesamte Region als dynamisches Gebilde, dessen Einzelteile in intensiver Abhangigkeit zueinander stehen. Innerhalb eines Zeitraums von 8000 Jahren zeichnet er die Entwicklung dieses Grossraumes nach, dessen Aussengrenzen und Machtschwerpunkte sich standig verschieben. Fur die zweite Auflage hat der Autor sein Buch vollig uberarbeitet und stark erweitert. Neue Funde und Literatur wie der Fundkomplexe von Qatna (Syrien) und Jiroft (Iran) wurden selbstverstandlich einbezogen und vor allem die Geschichte der Nachbarlander des alten Mesopotamien starker herausgestellt. Dadurch werden die gegenseitigen Verflechtungen noch deutlicher."
Author: Hans J Nissen
Publisher: Oldenbourg Verlag
Beiträge des Symposiums "Das Alte Testament und die Kultur der Moderne" anlässlich des 100. Geburtstags Gerhard von Rads (1901-1971), Heidelberg, 18.-21. Oktober 2001
Author: Manfred Oeming
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
This book investigates the founding and building of cities in the ancient Near East. The creation of new cities was imagined as an ideological project or a divine intervention in the political narratives and mythologies of Near Eastern cultures, often masking the complex processes behind the social production of urban space. During the Early Iron Age (c.1200–850 BCE), Assyrian and Syro-Hittite rulers developed a highly performative official discourse that revolved around constructing cities, cultivating landscapes, building watercourses, erecting monuments and initiating public festivals. This volume combs through archaeological, epigraphic, visual, architectural and environmental evidence to tell the story of a region from the perspective of its spatial practices, landscape history and architectural technologies. It argues that the cultural processes of the making of urban spaces shape collective memory and identity as well as sites of political performance and state spectacle.
Author: Ömür Harmanşah
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Social Science
To celebrate the intellectual achievement of the University of Chicago on the occasion of its centennial year, Edward Shils invited a group of notable scholars and scientists to reflect upon some of their own teachers and colleagues at the University.
Teachers, Scientists, and Scholars
Author: Edward Shils
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Den immerwährenden Traum der Menschheit, Einblick in die Zukunft nehmen und so den Erfolg wichtiger Unternehmungen schon im voraus überschauen zu können, schienen babylonische Gelehrte schon im ausgehenden dritten vorchristlichen Jahrtausend verwirklicht zu haben. Sie standen im Ruf, an zahlreichen Zeichen in Natur und Umwelt zukünftiges Wohl und Wehe genau zu erkennen und das Schicksal jedes einzelnen Menschen ergründen zu können. Daher waren sie nicht nur Königen und Heerführern als Ratgeber unentbehrlich, sondern erfreuten sich auch als Lebensberater großer Beliebtheit. Der Ruhm der altorientalischen Zeichendeuter war so groß, daß er sich im gesamten Mittelmeerraum verbreitete. Ihre Lehren prägten das Weltbild der Klassischen Antike. Als Mittel der Entscheidungsfindung kam in Rom und Griechenland namentlich den Orakelverfahren der Opferschau und der Lehre von den zukunftsweisenden Zeichen des gestirnten Himmels hohe Bedeutung zu. Stefan M. Maul erschließt in seinem gleichermaßen spannenden wie erhellenden Buch das kaum überschaubare und in weiten Teilen noch unveröffentlichte Schrifttum der babylonischen Gelehrten. Anschaulich erklärt er die altorientalischen Verfahren der Zukunftsschau und zeigt auf, wie sich im Lauf von Jahrtausenden aus den Lehren von der Zeichenhaftigkeit der Welt der Nährboden für unsere heutigen Wissenschaften bildete. In seinem eindrucksvollen Beitrag zur Geistesgeschichte geht er zudem der Frage nach, wie es möglich war, daß eine auf Eingeweideschau und Astrologie fußende Politikberatung dauerhaft stabile politische Verhältnisse beförderte.
Zeichen des Himmels und der Erde
Author: Stefan M. Maul
Celebrated for numerous developments in the areas of law, writing, religion, and mathematics, Mesopotamia has been immortalized as the cradle of civilization. Its fabled cities, including Babylon and Nineveh, spawned new cultures, traditions, and innovations in art and architecture, some of which can still be seen in present-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. Readers will be captivated by this ancient cultures rich history and breadth of accomplishment, as they marvel at images of the magnificent temples and artifacts left behind.
The World's Earliest Civilization
Author: Britannica Educational Publishing
Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
In her book, the author offers readers a compact guide to the religion of the peoples living in the region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers from the beginning of the Bronze Age to the time of Alexander the Great and Darius III. Drawing on extant texts, artifacts, and architecture, Schneider uncovers both an intriguing pantheon of deities -- including Marduk, Ishtar, and many others -- and the complex, fluid, and highly ritualized religious experience of the people who spent their lives serving and appeasing them.
Author: Tammi J. Schneider
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Author: Claas Jouco Bleeker,Geo Widengren
Publisher: Brill Archive
Hammurabi was an important leader in ancient Mesopotamia. Following the model of the warrior-king Sargon, Hammurabi built the tiny city-state of Babylon into a vast empire. He was recognized as a hands-on ruler. Not content to delegate duties to governors and advisors, Hammurabi was personally involved with all the goings-on in his empire. From the digging of canals to the construction of huge temples, Hammurabi was very interested in justice and fairness. He thought of himself as a shepherd and protector of all his people. He wanted everyone, the poor and the wealthy, to be treated fairly. In the second half of his reign, Hammurabi compiled a lengthy collection of laws into a single code. It is one of the oldest known law codes. You can find reminders of this ancient code in law books around the world.
Author: Tamera Bryant
Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Re-examines the long and complex history of democracy and broadens the traditional view of this history by complementing it with examples from unexplored or under-examined quarters.
Author: Benjamin Isakhan
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Author: Gosta Werner Ahlström,Gosta Gosta Werner Ahlstrom
Blending the spirit of Eats, Shoots & Leaves with the science of The Language Instinct, an original inquiry into the development of that most essential-and mysterious-of human creations: Language Language is mankind's greatest invention-except, of course, that it was never invented." So begins linguist Guy Deutscher's enthralling investigation into the genesis and evolution of language. If we started off with rudimentary utterances on the level of "man throw spear," how did we end up with sophisticated grammars, enormous vocabularies, and intricately nuanced degrees of meaning? Drawing on recent groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics, Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication, giving us fresh insight into how language emerges, evolves, and decays. He traces the evolution of linguistic complexity from an early "Me Tarzan" stage to such elaborate single-word constructions as the Turkish sehirlilestiremediklerimizdensiniz ("you are one of those whom we couldn't turn into a town dweller"). Arguing that destruction and creation in language are intimately entwined, Deutscher shows how these processes are continuously in operation, generating new words, new structures, and new meanings. As entertaining as it is erudite, The Unfolding of Language moves nimbly from ancient Babylonian to American idiom, from the central role of metaphor to the staggering triumph of design that is the Semitic verb, to tell the dramatic story and explain the genius behind a uniquely human faculty.
An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
Author: Guy Deutscher
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Traversing river valleys, steppes, deserts, rain-fed forests, farmlands, and seacoasts, the early Israelites experienced all the contrasting ecological domains of the ancient Near East. As they grew from a nomadic clan to become a nation-state in Canaan, they interacted with indigenous societies of the region, absorbed selective elements of their cultures, and integrated them into a radically new culture of their own. Daniel Hillel reveals the interplay between the culture of the Israelites and the environments within which it evolved. More than just affecting their material existence, the region's ecology influenced their views of creation and the creator, their conception of humanity's role on Earth, their own distinctive identity and destiny, and their ethics. In The Natural History of the Bible, Hillel shows how the eclectic experiences of the Israelites shaped their perception of the overarching unity governing nature's varied manifestations. Where other societies idolized disparate and capricious forces of nature, the Israelites discerned essential harmony and higher moral purpose. Inspired by visionary prophets, they looked to a singular, omnipresent, omnipotent force of nature mandating justice and compassion in human affairs. Monotheism was promoted as state policy and centralized in the Temple of Jerusalem. After it was destroyed and the people were exiled, a collection of scrolls distilling the nation's memories and spiritual quest served as the focus of faith in its stead. A prominent environmental scientist who surveyed Israel's land and water resources and has worked on agricultural development projects throughout the region, Daniel Hillel is a uniquely qualified expert on the natural history of the lands of the Bible. Combining his scientific work with a passionate, life-long study of the Bible, Hillel offers new perspectives on biblical views of the environment and the origin of ethical monotheism as an outgrowth of the Israelites' internalized experiences.
An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures
Author: Daniel J. Hillel
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Feast! Throughout human history, and in all parts of the world, feasts have been at the heart of life. The great museums of the world are full of the remains of countless ghostly feasts – dishes that once bore rich meats, pitchers used to pour choice wines, tall jars that held beer sipped through long straws of gold and lapis, immense cauldrons from which hundreds of people could be served. Why were feasts so important, and is there more to feasting than abundance and enjoyment? The Never-Ending Feast is a pioneering work that draws on anthropology, archaeology and history to look at the dynamics of feasting among the great societies of antiquity renowned for their magnificence and might. Reflecting new directions in academic study, the focus shifts beyond the medieval and early modern periods in Western Europe, eastwards to Mesopotamia, Assyria and Achaemenid Persia, early Greece, the Mongol Empire, Shang China and Heian Japan. The past speaks through texts and artefacts. We see how feasts were the primary arena for displays of hierarchy, status and power; a stage upon which loyalties and alliances were negotiated; the occasion for the mobilization and distribution of resources, a means of pleasing the gods, and the place where identities were created, consolidated – and destroyed. The Never-Ending Feast transforms our understanding of feasting past and present, revitalising the fields of anthropology, archaeology, history, museum studies, material culture and food studies, for all of which it is essential reading.
The Anthropology and Archaeology of Feasting
Author: Kaori O'Connor
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Social Science
Author: Scott Noegel,Joel Walker Walker
Publisher: Penn State Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Toward the end of the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh King Gilgamesh laments the untimely death of his comrade Enkidu, "my friend whom I loved dearly." Similarly in the Bible, David mourns his companion, Jonathan, whose "love to me was wonderful, greater than the love of women." These passages, along with other ambiguous erotic and sexual language found in the Gilgamesh epic and the biblical David story, have become the object of numerous and competing scholarly inquiries into the sexual nature of the heroes' relationships. Susan Ackerman's innovative work carefully examines the stories' sexual and homoerotic language and suggests that its ambiguity provides new ways of understanding ideas of gender and sexuality in the ancient Near East and its literature. In exploring the stories of Gilgamesh and Enkidu and David and Jonathan, Ackerman cautions against applying modern conceptions of homosexuality to these relationships. Drawing on historical and literary criticism, Ackerman's close readings analyze the stories of David and Gilgamesh in light of contemporary definitions of sexual relationships and gender roles. She argues that these male relationships cannot be taken as same-sex partnerships in the modern sense, but reflect the ancient understanding of gender roles, whether in same- or opposite-sex relationships, as defined as either active (male) or passive (female). Her interpretation also considers the heroes' erotic and sexual interactions with members of the opposite sex. Ackerman shows that the texts' language and erotic imagery suggest more than just an intense male bonding. She argues that, though ambiguous, the erotic imagery and language have a critical function in the texts and serve the political, religious, and aesthetic aims of the narrators. More precisely, the erotic language in the story of David seeks to feminize Jonathan and thus invalidate his claim to Israel's throne in favor of David. In the case of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, whose egalitarian relationship is paradoxically described using the hierarchically dependent language of sexual relationships, the ambiguous erotic language reinforces their status as liminal figures and heroes in the epic tradition.
The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David
Author: Susan Ackerman
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Literary Criticism