THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF MESOPOTAMIA

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The Art And Architecture Of Mesopotamia

Author : Giovanni Curatola
ISBN : 0789209217
Genre : Architecture
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The artistic traditions of Mesopotamia, or ancient Iraq, are among the oldest, and the richest, in the world. In this flat, fertile land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the ancient Sumerians created, before 3000 BC, the world's first advanced civilization, and each of the many powers that succeeded them left its own distinctive imprint on the region's culture. The broad chronological scope of this illustrated volume - from the fourth millennium BC to the fourteenth century AD - gives us a new appreciation of both the diversity and the continuity of Mesopotamian art history. Its text, written by leading scholars of Near Eastern art and archaeology, provides an erudite yet accessible overview of each major phase in this eventful artistic saga. The masterpieces discussed in these chapters are depicted in 217 illustrations, most of them full-color photographs, and following the main text is a visual guide to Iraq's principal archaeological sites, which provides a further 247 black-and-white photographs, maps, and plans. With its authoritative, up-to-date text and this wealth of illustrations, The Art and Architecture of Mesopotamia is an invaluable publication for anyone with an interest in humanity's cultural heritage.
Category: Architecture

Art Of Mesopotamia

Author : Zainab Bahrani
ISBN : 050051917X
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This book is the first in ten years to present a comprehensive survey of art and architecture in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq, northeast Syria and southeast Turkey), from 8000 bce to the arrival of Islam in 636 bce. The book is richly illustrated with c. 400 full-colour photographs, and maps and time charts that guide readers through the chronology and geography of this part of the ancient Near East. The book addresses such essential art historical themes as the origins of narrative representation, the first emergence of historical public monuments and the earliest aesthetic commentaries. It explains how images and monuments were made and how they were viewed. It also traces the ancient practices of collecting and conservation and rituals of animating statues and of architectural construction. Accessible to students and non-specialists, the book expands the scope of standard surveys to cover art and architecture from the prehistoric to the Roman era, including the legendary cities of Ur, Babylon, Nineveh, Hatra and Seleucia on the Tigris.
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The Art And Architecture Of The Ancient Orient

Author : Henri Frankfort
ISBN : 0300064705
Genre : Art
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Traces the development of Mesopotamian art from Sumerian times to the late Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian periods. This text also covers the art and architecture of Asia Minor and the Hittites, of the Levant in the second millennium BC, of the Aramaeans and Phoenicians in Syria, and of Ancient Persia.
Category: Art

Art Of Mesopotamia

Author : Zainab Bahrani
ISBN : 0500292752
Genre : Art
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This expert guide to the art of Mesopotamia, spanning more than 8000 years, is especially important as this ancient cultural legacy is threatened by contemporary conflict
Category: Art

Mesopotamia

Author : Kathleen Kuiper Manager, Arts and Culture
ISBN : 9781615301126
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Presents an introduction to the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, from the earliest rise of the Sumerians to the seventh century C.E. Sasanian period, discussing the history, government, literature, religion, art, and architecture of each era.
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The Egyptians

Author : Cyril Aldred
ISBN : UOM:39015000663172
Genre : Egypt
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Ancient Mesopotamia

Author : A. Leo Oppenheim
ISBN : 9780226177670
Genre : History
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"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.
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The Writing On The Wall

Author : John Malcolm Russell
ISBN : 9780931464959
Genre : History
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The walls of the Assyrian palaces, as well as throne bases, doors and thresholds, were adorned with inscriptions. These inscriptions were surrounded in mystery and esoteric knowledge of their creation and meaning, and deal with a number of different subjects concerned with Assyrian kings and their achievements and exploits. John Russell emphasises the importance of reading and understanding these texts in their original context. He discusses the royal residences and administrative centers of the Assyrian kings between Assurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) and Assurbanipal (668-631 BC) and their associated inscriptions.
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Mesopotamian Religious Architecture

Author : Susan B. Downey
ISBN : 069103589X
Genre : Architecture
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This book is a comprehensive treatment of the survival and reworking of earlier forms of Mesopotamian religious architecture in the periods of foreign occupation of the Near East, first by Greeks, who established the Seleucid kingdoms after the conquests of Alexander the Great, and second by Parthians, who gradually took political control from the Greeks in the second century B.C. The author argues that Mesopotamian traditions remained extraordinarily vital throughout these periods and up to the middle of the third century of the Common Era. She presents not only architectural analysis but a carefully documented picture of the mixture of peoples and beliefs in this focal region of the eastern Hellenistic world. The Seleucids revived traditional religious forms and practices in old Mesopotamian cities, notably Uruk and Babylon, while drawing on Mesopotamian and other oriental traditions to create original religious architecture in new colonies, such as Ai Khanoum in Afghanistan. The effects of the Parthian conquest varied. The Seleucid temples of Uruk were destroyed, but Duray-Europos, Assur, and Hatra demonstrate the continued vitality of Mesopotamian architecture.
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Mesopotamian Civilization

Author : Daniel T. Potts
ISBN : 0485930013
Genre : Ethnology
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Likely to become a standard work for students of the ancient Near East, and for those interested in the high cultures of the region, this account is also a highly accessible repository of information valuable to archaeologists, anthropologists, etc
Category: Ethnology