Qty:1
  • List Price: $24.99
  • Save: $5.95 (24%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Handbook to Life in Ancie... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Book is used in good condition. Cover shows use and shelf wear. Ex-library book with typical markings and labels.
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia Paperback – July 7, 2005

6 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0195183641 ISBN-10: 0195183649 Edition: 1st

Buy New
Price: $19.04
31 New from $8.48 48 Used from $6.35
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$19.04
$8.48 $6.35
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Hero Quick Promo
Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now
$19.04 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia + Mesopotamia: The Invention of the City + Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others (Oxford World's Classics)
Price for all three: $43.26

Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Bertman, professor emeritus of classics at the University of Windsor, has made a useful contribution to Facts On File's Handbook to Life series. Covering the lives of Assyrians, Babylonians, and Sumerians from around 3500 to 500 B.C.E., the book is arranged topically, with chapters on geography, archaeology, government, religion, language and literature, arts, and daily life, among other subjects. Each chapter has citations to the extensive bibliography. Most of the works in the larger bibliography are technical and specialized, but a "Note to the Reader" lists several popular works that could be found in a larger public library. Bertman's writing is formal but accessible, with touches of dry humor.

Subsections within the chapters deal with more specific topics. In the chapter on government, there are capsule biographies of political leaders, mostly kings. The chapter on archaeology provides a list of archaeologists who have made major discoveries in the region. Gods and goddesses are described in the chapter on religion. There is an interesting concluding chapter about the legacy of Mesopotamia and how it endures. A brief section on Aramaic-speaking Chaldeans who migrated from an ancient village in Iraq to Detroit in the twentieth century suggests that the legacy is more alive than we realize. Bertman notes, too, how many archaeological sites have been put at risk by recent political and military actions in the region.

The book is illustrated with black-and-white photographs and line drawings, which should copy well. Appendixes include a chronological table and a list of museums with major Mesopotamian collections. A useful purchase for medium-sized to large public libraries and academic libraries with undergraduate Middle Eastern ancient history classes.

RBB
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"Bertman, professor emeritus of classics at the University of Windsor, has made a useful contribution to the Handbook to Life series. Covering the lives of Assyrians, Babylonians, and Sumerians from around 3500 to 500 B.C.E., the book is arranged topically, with chapters on geography, archaeology, government, religion, language and literature, arts, and daily life, among other subjects. Bertman's writing is formal but accessible, with touches of dry humor. The book is illustrated with black-and-white photographs and line drawings, which should copy well. Appendixes include a chronological table and a list of museums with major Mesopotamian collections. --Booklist
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195183649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195183641
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephen Bertman, PhD (Windsor, Ontario), professor emeritus of classics at the University of Windsor, is the author of seven books, including Doorways through Time (featured by the Natural Science Book Club), Eight Pillars of Greek Wisdom, Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia, and Erotic Love Poems of Greece and Rome.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jia Gu Wen on August 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I just spent about 10 minutes with this book in a store. I know the genre of "Travel Books to Ancient Lands", however, and I'd say that this book is worth its weight in gold! It's chock full of interesting tidbits on how the Sumerians lived in a very readable format. Academics should take notes -books like this will fly off the shelves!

It's very anthropological: It covers a very broad range of topics in Sumerian life. There was food, worship, travel, language, and other things.

Aside from their language and its writing system, this is the kind of information that I WANT in a book about a culture, a civilization. King Lists and Mythologies are fine (excellent in the original language) but give me the culmination of 150 years of digging and writing -I want to know what the run-of-the-mill man's work-a-day life was like, too.

This book is jam-packed with facts. If you can spare the money and you want to know how Sumerians lived their life, this is it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John B. Lankford on December 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is THE book for those who want to know more about this topic. You can turn to it with much appreciation. It is well-written, presented in a easy way , gives a time-line of history in the back, divides sections into logical areas ( like history, archetecture etc). Just a complete book. Goes well with Roux's book "Ancient Iraq".5 stars.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda Ratliff on May 25, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
First of all, in spite of its affordable price and approachable writing style, Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia is quite clearly a textbook. This is not a bad thing, and I would generally expect most books on the subject to be textbooks—it’s usually not a subject for the casual reader. That said, as a textbook, it is generally laid out well (there are a couple of exceptions, which I’ll get to in a moment) and it is very readable. While I am not an expert in the subject (if I were, I wouldn’t have gotten this book), it appears to be factually correct, and uses reliable source materials for reference.
There are a few quirks in the layout—the first half of the book is very heavy on lists. If you’re a teacher, this can be helpful for helping your students assimilate a lot of facts very quickly. However, it also takes everything out of chronological order and makes it difficult to put anything into a chronological context. Again, if you’re a teacher, you can correct for this in your lectures, but if you’re approaching it as a layman or for independent study, you may have trouble keeping it straight whether the Akkadians or the Assyrians came first. In some cases, like the list of various gods, it is the most appropriate way to cover the information, but I do wonder if making the first two chapters a gazetteer and list of archaeologists was the best choice—indeed, I kind of feel like the archaeologists were included to take up space—they don’t appear to be mentioned again and, while relevant, would be more appropriate in an appendix than at the beginning of the book.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
This item: Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
Price: $19.04
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com