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Mesopotamia [With Clip-Art CD] (DK Eyewitness Books) [Hardcover]

Philip Steele
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  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley); Har/Cdr/Ch edition (18 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756629721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756629724
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HardCover Pub Date: Jun Pages: 72 in Publisher: DK CHILDREN Discover the cradle of civilization - the birthplace and of writing religion.. And the rule of law Travel back to the land where human history was first recorded - the land of kings. queens. gods. goddesses. nomads. and scribes. Be an eyewitness to the land between the rivers. from the first Sumerian city-states to the mighty Babylonian empires. Featuring a pull-out wall chart and its own clip- art CD. Mesopotamia provides a detailed look at where the first cities. states. and empires rose. Richly detailed full-color images and photographs of ancient artifacts. architecture. and maps combine with a comprehensive overview of the Sumerian. Assyrian. and Babylonian civilizations . See incredible works of Mesopotamian art. meet the warriors and innovators living ahead of their time. learn how to read ancient inscription...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a look 22 May 2012
By BrianB
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is of excellent quality with good pictures. It covers a wide range of historical information in very condensed form. Apart from quick reference, it is more suited to children (of any age) than anyone researching in depth.

I did not find the CD of any use - it only contains some clip art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for homeschooling 7 Sep 2007
By LDB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is great. I use it for homeschooling my children along with The Great Courses DVD course "Between the Rivers: Mesopotamia". It is easy to match each lecture and the page number that it correlates to in this DK book. As usual, the photography is fantastic. We watch one 30 minute lecture and read one part of the book each day and along with some extra discussions, crafts, and supplemental reading, we have a two month course on Ancient History in Mesopotamia that is top notch.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great primer on Mesopotamia 4 Nov 2008
By Carrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book as a supplement for home schooling. We have been studying Mesopotamia, but it was difficult to sort out all of the different civilizations that arose in the area. This book helps to clarify that. I also understand so much more about the region and all of its magnificent contributions to the world. I would recommend it for everyone. A great primer.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Dec 2010
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is fantastic for any student planning a report, as well as anyone planning to travel to Mesopotamia. It gives a sense of the incredible wealth amassed in the early empires, the politics and near-constant warfare, how they solved the problems of food (irrigation) and labor (slavery of war captives), construction techniques, and arts.

Beautiful photographs throughout demonstrate amazing archaeological finds that you would have to travel to 5 countries (few of them in present-day Mesootamia) to see in person.

A hawk-eyed child will notice a fair depiction of what could only be oral sex in the art on one page (What is that lion doing???) -- many other friezes and architectural details show prisoners being beheaded, defeated armies being trampled, naked slaves being led to their doom, piles of corpses. Don't worry, moms -- You can handle the good/evil conversation.

Very basic spiritual beliefs are covered -- does not get into any of the sex cult/ infant sacrifice stuff from this region. If that's what you are looking for, you need another book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 10 April 2012
By Ben G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book took control of my mind when ever I was reading it, and each time I put it down it left me wanting more. The pictures are excellent and make it easy for the reader to visualize the locations and objects, as opposed to just reading an un-illustrated documentary. The only need for improvement is on the amount of information the books gives; it gives neat little facts you wouldn't normally be aware of, and should one decide they would like to learn more, there are plenty of books on the subject of Mesopotamia.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 19 July 2009
By B. Winter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I just thought I was getting a book but I got a cd and poster with it. The whole book is good visual reference for mesopotamia. Good for adults too. This is an EXCELLENT book for your mesopotamia collection.
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