Download Ancient Mesopotamia (Greenhaven Encylopedia) by Don Nardo PDF

By Don Nardo

Mesopotamia, the "land among the rivers," used to be the location of the world's first real towns, empires, large-scale engineering initiatives, and written literature. The background, tradition, and contributions of the pivotal civilizations that inhabited the realm are provided in brilliant aspect during this quantity, inclusive of the increase and fall of Sumeria, Babylonia, Assyria, and Persia.

Show description

Read or Download Ancient Mesopotamia (Greenhaven Encylopedia) PDF

Similar history books

The Aztecs: New Perspectives (Understanding Ancient Civilizations)

A wealth of latest archaeological findings and interpretations has sparked a richer knowing of the Aztecs, dispelling many myths. The Aztecs: New views seems to be at facts from historical, colonial, and sleek instances to provide a modern, well-rounded portrait of this Mesoamerican tradition. Like no different quantity, it examines day-by-day Aztec existence either at, and clear of, the seats of energy, revealing the Aztecs to be finished farmers, astronomers, mathematicians, and poets in addition to ruthless warriors and tireless developers of empire.

The Aztecs levels from the mysterious origins of the Aztlan tribe to the honour years of empire and supreme defeat. however the tale doesn't finish there. to give the main entire photo attainable, the writer is going to the main attention-grabbing resource on hand the residing ancestors who continue the Aztec language and lots of points in their historical worldview alive. there's no greater quantity for exploring the realities of Aztec existence because it used to be, and because it affects our international at the present time.

102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

The dramatic and relocating account of the fight for all times contained in the international exchange heart at the morning of September eleven, while each minute counted

At 8:46 am on September eleven, 2001, 14,000 humans have been contained in the dual towers-reading e-mails, making trades, consuming croissants at home windows at the international. Over the following 102 mins, every one might turn into a part of a drama for the a long time, one witnessed merely by means of the folks who lived it-until now.

Of the thousands of phrases written approximately this wrenching day, so much have been informed from the skin taking a look in. big apple instances journalists Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn have taken the opposite-and way more revealing-approach. suggested from the views of these contained in the towers, 102 mins captures the little-known tales of normal those who took notable steps to avoid wasting themselves and others. past this stirring landscape stands investigative reporting of the 1st rank. An superb variety of humans truly survived the aircraft affects yet have been not able to flee, and the authors increase challenging questions about construction security and tragic flaws in New York's emergency preparedness.

Dwyer and Flynn depend upon countless numbers of interviews with rescuers, millions of pages of oral histories, and numerous telephone, electronic mail, and emergency radio transcripts. They move a bridge of voices to move contained in the infernos, seeing cataclysm and heroism, one individual at a time, to inform the affecting, authoritative saga of the boys and women-the approximately 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished-as they made 102 mins count number as by no means before.

102 mins is a 2005 nationwide ebook Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

Head-On (BFI Film Classics)

From Amazon: "The award-winning love tale Head-On (2004) has been embroiled in Turkish-German identification politics due to the fact its unlock. commencing up clean traces of enquiry, Daniela Berghahn's designated and exciting account of the film's construction heritage and reception as an alternative situates the movie within the wealthy context of world artwork cinema and transnational melodrama.

Warsaw 1920: Lenin's Failed Conquest of Europe

The dramatic and little-known tale of ways, in the summertime of 1920, Lenin got here inside of a hair's breadth of shattering the painstakingly built Versailles peace cost and spreading Bolshevism to western Europe. In 1920 the recent Soviet kingdom was once a large number, following a brutal civil struggle, and the way of making sure its survival seemed to be to export the revolution to Germany, itself economically ruined through defeat in international struggle I and racked by means of inner political dissension.

Extra info for Ancient Mesopotamia (Greenhaven Encylopedia)

Example text

The first written versions of the Avesta seem to have appeared in the The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesopotamia Of these parts, the oldest are the Older Yasnas, which include the Gathas. Most of these are prayers or statements of devotion directed to the supreme god of the faith—Ahura-Mazda—and thought by the ancients to have been written by Zoroaster himself. One or more of these prayers were recited by worshippers on a daily basis. Many are similar in style and tone to this one: I shall recognize you as strong and holy, Ahura-Mazda, when you will help me .

It appears that Ashurbanipal failed to invade Egypt still again because he suddenly found himself embroiled in a major war with Elam, a strong kingdom situated southeast of the Mesopotamian plains. He drove the Elamites back into their own 37 Ashur-dan II country. But then Ashurbanipal’s own brother, Shamash-shuma-ukin, who had administered the city of Babylon for seventeen years, challenged him for the Assyrian throne. At first the king attempted to deal with the problem diplomatically. He issued a public appeal to the Babylonian people, admonishing them not to follow his rebellious brother.

The Armenians, an Indo-European tribal people, entered and took over the area. Almost immediately, they came under the 33 Armenia An investiture of Ardarshir I by the god Ahura-Mazda. © ROGER WOOD/CORBIS sway of the Median king Cyaxares II, whose own realm soon fell to Persia’s King Cyrus II. About a century and a half later, the Greek mercenary soldier and writer Xenophon passed through Armenia during the retreat of the Greek army known as the Ten Thousand. He later described some typical Armenian houses and their contents, including primitive versions of straws to sip beer: 34 The houses were underground structures with an aperture like the mouth of a well by which to enter, but they were broad and spacious below.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.15 of 5 – based on 10 votes