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Read Akkadian or any other Ancient Near Eastern language nor do I have a background in Mesopotamian arts or the area s I ve also never before do I have a background in Mesopotamian arts or area s archaeology I ve also never before a book reviewThat said my engagement in Sumerology is perhaps enough to justify my venturing a few thoughts for the general public for the beginning AssyriologistThe book is nothing close to a history of ancient Mesopotamia nor is it a general overview of the field of Assyriology It is instead a reflection of the concerns speculations uestions of one man treats only one of the several ancient Mesopotamian Although full of interesting information I didn t find this an easy read by any standards There is loads of useful material on many aspects of Mesopotamian culture the physical geography of the land urbanism and the nature of writing and the and the nature of writing and the arts but without a reasonable grounding in the Ancient Near East I think many casual readers may be off put However if ou do have the background knowledge then this book will fill in many of the gaps and pertinently it will explain why some answers are not forthcomin. Leonard Cottrell Book WeekLeo Oppenheim has made a bold brave pioneering attempt to present a synthesis of the vast mass of philological and archaeological data that have accumulated over the past hundred ears in the field of Assyriological research Samuel Noah Kramer ArchaeologyA Leo Oppenheim one of the most distinguished Assyriologists of our time was editor in charge of the Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute and John A Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Chicag. About the state of our knowledge on Mesopotamia and the dangers of jumping to speculative conclusions Oppenheim s work is not for those who are prone the dangers of jumping to speculative conclusions Oppenheim s work is not for those who are prone flights of fancy The writing is dry and scholarly certainly intended for the serious student of anthropology or archaeology over that of comparative religion and mythology You won t find any unsubstantiated claims in this book Nor Will You Find The will ou find the voicing his own personal pet theories From the opening chapter to the short epilogue Oppenheim practices a structured conservatism regarding the material very readable for an ancient history book Oppenheim was very frank about not knowing everything He often ended a paragraph with But we re not sure I liked how he used Bible uotes to corroborate other sources Most people think of the Old Testament in terms of religion but Oppenheim picked out facts about the culture and laws that existed in the areas he wrote about A book such as this perhaps merits some discussion of ualifications I am not the best reviewer for this volume While I have studied Sumerian a little I do not. E people of ancient Mesopotamia than any other land in the early Near EastProfessor Oppenheim who studied these tablets for than thirty Make You Mine years used his intimate knowledge of long dead languages to put together a distinctively personal picture of the Mesopotamians of some three thousandears ago Following Oppenheim's death Erica Reiner used the author's outline to complete the revisions he had begunTo any serious student of Mesopotamian civilization this is one of the most valuable books ever written. Great read Published in 60 s and re edited in 70 s but still worth recommending It s good for Assyriologists beginners but also a good book for advanced ones it reminds ou about bigger picture of Mesopotamian culture and civilization Of course some parts are out of date but they are pretty insiginficant or easy to spotFor me this book was a out of date but they are pretty insiginficant or easy to spotFor me this book was a break from my own research Let me take a breath and reminded me to stay humbleAlso a great example of what happens when too well educated Germans write in English from the scratch so many sofisiticated words Not a good introductory historical text Lots of rambling speculation that never coheres into defensible conclusions about the subject Indeed my interest in ancient Mesopotamia waned considerably upon reading this book assuming this is the most We Can Conclude From Existing Evidence Ancient can conclude from existing evidence Ancient Portrait of a Dead Civilization presents a challenging read for anyone interested in the nations of Assyria and Babylonia not because the information presented is erroneous or out of date but because Oppenheim is brutally honest. This splendid work of scholarship sums up with economy and power all that the written record so far deciphered has to tell about the ancient and complementary civilizations of Babylon and Assyria Edward B Garside New York Times Book ReviewAncient Mesopotamia the area now called Ira has received less attention than ancient Egypt and other long extinct and spectacular civilizations But numerous small clay tablets buried in the desert soil for thousands of ears make it possible for us to know about th.

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Ancient Mesopotamia Portrait of a Dead Civilization