Wars and rumors of war abound in this next lecture on Mesopotamia. Survey the rise and fall of empires in the 1,000 years after the collapse of the Sumerians. See how laws and language barriers impacted the Babylonians, the Hittites, and the Assyrians, and how the changing environment inevitably had the last word.
With the magnificent ziggurats, ancient people reached for the sky, which was the domain of the deities. Learn about Nanna, the Sumerian moon god, and experience the architectural grandeur at the heart of Sumerian daily life. While wars, climate, and looting have wrought their damage on the ziggurat at Ur, enough remains to tell a fascinating story.
What makes a king a god? Ponder the visual propaganda behind Naram-Sin's victory stela. After learning the story of this Akkadian king, you'll study this monument's artistic innovation--its realism, its unified composition, and its new approach to narrative. Additional Akkadian art provides perspective on this era's radical artistic changes.
A short introduction for each inscription gives its general contents, place of origin, and relative dating. Also included are a detailed catalogue of exemplars, a brief commentary, bibliography, and text in transliteration facing an English translation.
7. The dynasty of Akkad and the Sumerian revival -- Semites in Mesopotamia -- Sargon and his successors -- Archaeology -- buildings; Tel Asmar; Khafaje and Brak; sculpture; cylinder-seals; Gasur -- Gutians and Lagash -- De Sarzec; Telloh; Gudea; Al-Hiba -- The third dynasty of Ur -- Buildings at Ur; the Ziggurat; the terrace; the mausoleum; temples and sculpture.
8. The 2nd millennium BC -- Conflicting states -- Buildings of the Isin-Larsa period -- Private houses -- The palace at Mari -- Mural paintings -- Tell Rimah -- Sculpture -- The Kassites -- Mitanni (Nuzi) -- The middle Assyrian period -- City of Ashur; fortifications; temples and palaces; some finds at Ashur; building practices -- 9. The late Assyrian period -- Imperial history -- Early excavations in Assyrian cities -- Nimrud (Kalhu) -- Khorsabad -- Nineveh -- American excavations at Khorsabad -- Building construction -- Late Assyrian sculpture -- British return to Nimrud -- The Nimrud ivories.
L'Annee Philologique (Index to Scholarly Research)
L'Annee Philologique provides access to the citations of scholarly works concerning the Ancient Near East.