Newly revised and containing information from recent excavations and discovered artifacts, Ancient Iraq covers the political, cultural, and socio economic history from Mesopotamia days of prehistory to the Christian era....
|Title||:||Ancient Iraq: Third Edition (Penguin History)|
|Number of Pages||:||577 Pages|
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Ancient Iraq: Third Edition (Penguin History) Reviews
I bought this book to follow up on a wonderful podcast of ancient history which I'd enjoyed:
My family is Assyrian/Chaldean. I've been writing about and researching Mesopotamia (now -- sort of -- Iraq) for well over a decade. I read this book three times, detailing the research laid out by the author, and still could read it again and find more. It is an unbiased, EXCELLENT and scholarly analysis of actual findings from the region. There are plenty of pieces of this cradle of civilization to uncover via other resources, however, this is a wonderful work of masterful research and thoughtful, but unimposing observation. HIGHLY recommend.
I appreciated Georges Roux's book on "Ancient Iraq" very much. At over 400 pages, it is hard to call the book a survey, but it is. The problem is that the topic itself is enormous, spanning over 3000 years and encompassing multiple, complex civilizations. Additionally, since the topic itself is so old, predating the rise of "classical" Greece, information upon which the book is based is almost always incomplete and frequently of questionable veracity. So when an author like Roux overcomes these problems and still manages to create a truly fun book to read, you can appreciate his accomplishment all the more.
A a Relative Layperson on this Topic, I Have Purchased Several Books on the Topic Looking at Ancient History and Societies in General.
I'm a big fan of ancient history, particularly concerning the ancient Near East. I never came across a "must read" book on this topic until I read this one. In fact, you shouldn't even read a book on the ancient Near East until completing this one first. If you look at other books of this topic, you'll see this one referenced over and over, which is what led me to read it. This book is just over-flowing with well-written, wonderfully interesting information. I wish it was twice as long! Read and enjoy!
Highly readable and comprehensive survey of Mesopotamian history. For anyone interested in the cultural surroundings of the Old Testament this will be a pleasant surprise. This book is focused on the history of the great empires of that region with only a few mentions of Israel, Judah and the characters of those states. But for someone who would like to understand the O. T. better, this will help immensely.