Mesopotamia: The Invention of the City
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This remarkable book is the first to reveal everyday life as it was in ten long-lost Mesopotamian cities, beginning with Eridu, the Mesopotamian Eden, and ending with Babylon, the first true metropolis: cosmopolitan, decadent, multicultural and the last center of a dying civilization. Using archaeological fragments of jewelry, textiles and writings, Gwendolyn Leick paints a colorful picture of the lives of Mesopotamians - from poets and priests to business-women and divorcees - and the incredible achievements of their advanced and imaginative society.