By Georges Roux
Newly revised and containing info from contemporary excavations and found artifacts, Ancient Iraq covers the political, cultural, and socio-economic background from Mesopotamia days of prehistory to the Christian period.
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17. Nimrud during the 1956 excavations. 18. Principal sites in the vicinity of Mosul. 19. Citadel of Dûr-Sharrukin (Khorsabad). 20. C. 21. The central part of Babylon. CHRONOLOGICAL TABLES I. Prehistory II. Early Dynastic Period (c. ) III. Dynasties of Akkad, Gutium and Ur III (c. ) IV. Isin-Larsa, Old Babylonian and Old Assyrian Periods (c. ) V. Kassite Period (c. ) VI. Middle Babylonian and Middle Assyrian Periods (c. ) VII. ) VIII. ) IX. C. ) MAPS 1. Near and Middle East in Early Antiquity. 2.
Assyriologists and archaeologists in general prefer to plough their own fields. Most of their works are accessible only to other scholars or to advanced students. Those among these specialists who aim at a wider audience write on the subjects they know best. ‘Popular’ books, such as Woolley's monographs on Ur, Parrot's publications on Mari or Kramer's editions of Sumerian epics and myths cannot be too highly praised, but they are spotlights illuminating small areas in a very large picture. The layman often fails fully to appreciate their value simply because he is unable to place the sites, monuments, events or ideas described in their proper chronological or cultural context.
If the northern steppe and the southern marshes can be considered as local variants of the great Mesopotamian plain, there is a striking difference in topography, climate and vegetation between the plain and the foothill region, and this difference has its counterpart in history. Throughout antiquity, a definite opposition between the North and the South – or, in terms of political geography, between Sumer-and-Akkad (or Babylonia) and Assyria – can be detected, sometimes faintly perceptible and revealed only by cultural dissimilarities, sometimes open and manifested in violent conflicts.
Ancient Iraq: Third Edition by Georges Roux