First Civilizations : Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt
by Robert Alan Chadwick
Editor: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Les premières Civilisations is the second edition of a text first published in 1996 in Montreal by Les Éditions Champ FleuryThis much more updated and expanded edition provides an introductory overview of the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia and ancient EgyptIt has been designed primarily for students who have little or no knowledge of ancient history and archaeology.The book begins with the role of history and archaeology in understanding the past, and continues with the origins of agriculture and the formation of Sumerian city-states in Mesopotamia.The next three chapters focus on the Assyrian and Babylonian history and cultureThe second half of the book focuses on Egypt, beginning with the physical environment of the Nile, the formation of the Egyptian state and the Ancient KingdomThe following chapters discuss the Middle Kingdom, the Hyksos period, and the 18th Dynasty, with a space devoted to Hatshepsut, Akhenaten, the Ramesside periodThe text ends with the Persian conquest of Mesopotamia and EgyptEarly Civilizations also contains sections on astronomy, medicine, architecture, eschatology and burial practices, mummification, religion and addresses the myths of Gilgamesh, Isis and Osiris.Each chapter includes a basic bibliography that focuses on English, the language of encyclopedias, books and journals in the ancient Near East.
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