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Mesopotamia: The Invention of the City Hardcover – August 30, 2001
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"As Leick convincingly shows, Mesopotamian antiquity has as much interest as, and even greater importance than, Egypt; and her welcome book helps redress the balance of knowledge in its direction." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
GWENDOLYN LEICK is an anthropologist and Assyriologist. She is the author of various publications on the Ancient Near East, including A Dictionary of Near Eastern Mythology and Sex & Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature. She also acts as a cultural tour guide in the Middle East, lecturing on history, archaeology and anthropology.
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The manner in which the author has broken the various cities into "chapters" makes it easier to follow the information being laid down. As far as I can see she doesn't try to extrapolate information that doesn't seem to belong in the context. While she doesn't go into quite the depth that others do, she covers the topics quite throughly.
I found that I could read this easily in bites and chunks and digest the chapter before moving onto the next one. Since each chapter is pretty much a history of one place over one general timespan, it makes it relatively easy to put a "pin" in the mental map of my mind.
If you are looking for a very in-depth and scholarly work, this is probably not the best book although it is very good. If you are looking for a book that is easy to deal with and is quite comprehensive without being overly pedantic then I suggest that this is a great place to start.
I like the book so much I'm reading it again because the author makes it an easy, interesting read. It reads more like a novel than a doctorial thesis, which many of these type of books start out as. The author doesn't use $100 words that I have to look up it get the exact meaning. The author has a feel for how these people created cities, and describes it in just enough detail to make it interesting. I found this an enjoyable learning experience that didn't require a struggle to absorb the concepts.