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The Sumerians: Lost Civilizations

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The Sumerians: Lost Civilizations

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The Sumerians are widely believed to have created the world’s earliest civilization on the fertile floodplains of southern Iraq from about 3500 to 2000 BCE. They have been credited with the invention of nothing less than cities, writing, and the wheel, and therefore hold an ancient mirror to our own urban, literate world. But is this picture correct? Paul Collins reveals how the idea of a Sumerian people was assembled from the archaeological and textual evidence uncovered in Iraq and Syria over the last one hundred fifty years. Reconstructed through the biases of those who unearthed them, the Sumerians were never simply lost and found, but reinvented a number of times, both in antiquity and in the more recent past.

Paul Collins is the Jaleh Hearn Curator for Ancient Near East at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, specializing in the art and archaeology of Mesopotamia and Iran. He is the author of Assyrian Palace Sculptures and Mountains and Lowlands: Ancient Iran and Mesopotamia.

ISBN: 9781789144154

ISBN-10: 9781789144154

Publisher: Reaktion Books

Publication Date: 03/22/2021 - 12:00am

On Sale: 03/22/2021 - 12:00am

Pages: 208

Categories

History / Ancient

Social Science / Archaeology

History