Time Life Great Ages Man Cradle Civilization Babylon Mesopotamia Assyria Persia

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,697) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123946967059 Time-Life Great Ages of Man Series – Cradle of Civilization. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. CONDITION: Hardcover with quarter-cloth pictorial covers. Light shelf wear, otherwise in Very Good to Like New condition. Seemingly never read, at worst flipped through a few times. Pages are pristine; clean, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! DESCRIPTION: Hardcover: 183 pages. Publisher: Time-Life Books Inc.; (1969). Size: 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches; 2 pounds. The “Great Ages of Man” series was released in the mid-1960’s. Each volume undertakes to describe the major events that happened in one specific time period (or “age”) in the development of mankind’s civilization(s). The volumes are richly illustrated, and designed as an introduction to the time frame covered. Especially compelling are the artists interpretations or recreations of what various ancient civilizations would have looked like – their architecture, homes, monuments, cities, daily life, jewelry, food, family life, dwellings, occupations, etc. As just one instance, the ruins of Babylon and Ur, Athens and Rome hint at the incredible richness of those fabled cities. The artist’s recreations in this series are simply mind-numbing. This is as close as you can be to actually having been there. Equally noteworthy are the photographic collections of artifacts and relics attributed to the specific age, really exceptional. The entire series is truly a magnificent introduction to the history of the era. If you could have just one book (or series of books) to introduce the history of humankind, this would have to be it. The overviews are concise and well-written. Together with the illustration and pictures they impart a wonderful mental and emotional “picture” of what life must have been like in various civilizations and at various times. Done in a style so wonderfully characteristic of Time-Life’s publications, these are over-sized “coffee table” type books full of impressive imagery. The pictures of the world’s greatest art and architecture alone are worth the cost of these books. But don’t get the impression that these volumes are “fluff”. While a particular volume might not quite take the place as a university degree, the material is well-written, informative, and immensely intellectually gratifying, overview though it might be. Some of the subject material included is enumerated below so as to give you an idea of the rich content: INTRODUCTION: An Atlas: The Sites and Cities of the Cradle of Civilization. Geographical and Political Features: the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus, Anatolia, Taurus Mountains, Amanus Mountains, Syria, Syrian Desert, Palestine, the Dead Sea, Arabian Desert, Babylonia, Armenia, Lake Urmia, Caspian Sea, Elburz Mountains, Zagros Mountains, Elam, Persian Gulf, Akkad, Sumer, Assyria, Euphrates River, Tigris River, Khabur River, Karun River. Cities and Sites: Carchemish, Ugarit, Byblos, Jericho, Mari, Tell Halaf, Tell Brak, Dur-Sharrukin, Galah, Nineveh, Tell Hassuna, Assur, Jarmo, Karim Shahir, Eshnunna, Tell Harmal, Tell Uqair, Khafaje, Eshnunna, Jemdet Nasr, Kish, Babylon, Nippur, Susa, Isin, LagashLarsa, Erech, Ur, Eridu, Tell Al-Ubaid. CHAPTER ONE: The Land Between the Rivers. A Votive Figure from Nippur 2800BC. Picture Essay: Unearthing the Past (A Bastion of Civilization: The Sumerian City of Nippur. The Modern Archaeological Team: An Army of Expert Diggers. Uncovering and Charting the Strata of History: Deepening a Trench, Labeling Layers, Exposing Pavement. Preserving a Find: Gathering to See a Discovery, A Latex Mold. Pottery: “ABC” of Archaeology; water jugs, storage vases, drinking vessels, and dishes. New Techniques.). CHAPTER TWO: Man’s First Cities. Sargon the Great (Akkadian Dynasty): A Ruler’s Portrait (Sumer and Mesopotamia). A Variety of Building Bricks in Mesopotamia. Herringbone Patterns of Sumerian Loaf-Shaped Bricks. A Fortress-Like Dwelling in Northern Mesopotamia. Irrigating Mesopotamian Fields with Sweeps. Field Patterns in Nippur. The Realms of Sumer and Akkad: Clustered Cities Along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers (Elamites, Gutians, Amorites. Picture Essay: The People of Sumer (The Standard of Ur: Peoples from All Walks of Life 2500BC. Prosperity in Mesopotamia: A Land of Farmers. A Sumerian Agricultural Manual (the World’s Oldest). A Wealth of Trade: Merchant Caravans to and From Asia Minor and Iran. The Luxury and Power of Court: The Sumerian State; King and the Bureaucrats of Court. Soldiers of the King: A Specialized Class of Professional Soldiers; Formations of Armed Infantrymen and Wheeled Charioteers.). CHAPTER THREE: The Sweep of Empire. A Winged Deity in the Palace of Assyrian King Assurnasirpal II. Prominent Near East Cultures: Egyptian, Elamite, Sumerian, Akkadian, Mitanni, Hurrians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Assyrians, Hittites, Hebrews, Persians, Kassires. Significant Empires: The Babylonian Empire (Hammurabi’s Realm 18th Century BC); Near Eastern Disunity (15th Century B.C. – Hittite, Mitanni, Kassite, and Egyptian Empires); The Assyrian Empire (Assurbanipal’s Real – 7th Century B.C.); The Neo-Babylonian Empire (Nebuchadrezzar’s Realm – 6th Century B.C.). Picture Essay: A Monarch’s Mighty Deeds (Assyrian Assurbanipal’s Horse-Mounted Hunts in Nineveh. Assurbanipal’s Lion Hunt. A Successful Hunt:: Thanking the Gods – Assurbanipal as High Priest. The Goddess Ishtar’s Bow. Assyria’s Crack Infantry Troops. War: Assurbanipal’s Assyria versus Shamashshumukin’s Babylon and Allies (Uaite, King of Arabia and Teumman, King of the Iranian Elamites) . The Sack of the Elamite Capital City Hamanu.. A Victory Gala: King Assurbanipal and Queen Assursharrat.). CHAPTER FOUR: The Bustling People. Stylized Portraits: Vot5ive Statuettes of Mesopotamians (Bearded Men, a Shaven Priest, a Woman). A 4,000 Year Old Mesopotamian Townhouse Floorplan. Sumerian Statuettes and Women’s Headdress Styles. Commerce and Mesopotamia’s Sailing Cargo Galleys. Picture Essay: A Timeless Life in the Marshes (Dawn on a Marsh Lagoon: Paddling a Canoe. A World on Water: Artificial Islands of Mud and Reed. An Ancient Herd of Buffalo in an Ancient Sumerian Reed Barn. A Lasting Legacy of Reed Architecture., An Ancient Façade: A Sumerian Reed House. A Modern Pre-Fabricated Reed House.. The Daily Tasks of Survival: Grinding Flour, Waterproofing Canoes, Winnowing Rice. An Age-Old Refuge Among the Reeds: Poling an Ancient Reed Canoe. Fishing with Spears. Iraq at the End of the Work Day.). CHAPTER FIVE: Faith, Myths and Rites. Sumerian Ur Grave Goods: A Golden Goat in a Thicket/Flowering Tree: Gold, Shell, and Lapis Lazuli. The Pantheon: Sun God Utu; Mother Earth Goddess Ninhursag; Lord of Water and Wisdom Enki; Goddess of Love and War Inanna. A Syrian “Eye Idol”: An All-Seeing Deity? Picture Essay: Tales of Gods and Heroes (Gilgamesh: King of Erech and His Quest for Immortality. The Creation of the Universe: Sumerian Legends of Enlil, the God of Air and Storms. The Birth of Man and Beast: The Sumerian Legend of the Anunaki, the Divine Children of the Heaven God “An”. The Perilous Adventures of an Ancient Love Goddess Inanna and Ereshkigal, the Goddess of Darkness, Gloom and Death. The Strange Odyssey of a Mighty King: The Adventures of Endiku and Gilgamesh (Against Humumba, Fire-Breathing Guardian and the Cedar Forest ; the “Bull of Heaven, the Scorpion People, and Utnapishtim, the Immortal). The Mesopotamian Ancestors of Noah and Job: Utnapishtim and the Gods “Enlil” and “Ea”). CHAPTER SIX: The Literate Man. The Seated Scribe: Gudea, Ruler of Lagash, a Patron of Letters. The Rock of Behistun, Ancient “Place of the Gods” and a Message from the Past. Translator of Cuneiform: Henry Rawlinson, the Key to Mesopotamian History. A Not-So-Proper Schoolmaster: Sumer’s Teacher-Scribes. Proverbs and the Wisdom of Mesopotamia. Picture Essay: How Writing Began (The Assyrian Scribes of Nimrud. Cuneiform: Shaping the Written Symbol. From Pictograph into Script. The Many Uses of Cuneiform: Recipes, Commercial Records, Maps, Dedications, and Prayers from the Ancient Past. Darius the Great: A King’s Words at Behistun, Iran.). CHAPTER SEVEN: The Beautiful, the Practical. A Decorative Plaque of Mythological Figures and Animals from Ur. The Temple of Marduk: Babylon’s Monumental Shrine. Picture Essay: A City’s Massive Splendor (The Glazed-Brick Walls of Babylon: A Snarling Lion’s Head. Nebuchadrezzar and Babylon’s Might Walls. A Gateway of the Gods: Babylon’s Main Entrance, the Ishtar Gate. An Architecture to Defy the Sun: Insulation Against the Heat. Nebuchadrezzar’s Throne Rome. A Patrician’s Home. A Tower to Rival Heaven: The Tower of Babel, the Temple of Marduk.). CHAPTER EIGHT: Mesopotamia’s Radiant Light. The Tower of Babel: An Enduring Symbol. An Archetypal Ancient Wheel of Susa and Kish. A Copper Bust of a Serene King of Elam. Picture Essay: Pillars of Civilization (A Sumerian Masterpiece: An Elegant Marble Bust. The Written Word From Pictographs to Cuneiform to Alphabetical Writing. The Wheel: From Solid Wooden Wheels of Fourth Millennia Sumer, to Second Millennia Spoke Wheels of Ancient Egyptian Charioteers, to Medieval Wheels of Swiveling Axles, to the Industrial Revolution. The Concept of Kings: The Transition from Elected Monarchs to Hereditary Kingship. A Society of Laws: The Code of Babylon’s King Hammurabi.). A Chronology: Early Farming Communities; Pre-Sumerians; Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians. How the Archaeologist Dates Sites and Findings: Stratigraphy; Carbon 14 Dating; An Analysis of Pottery. 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So all refunds for any reason, without exception, do not include PayPal/eBay payment processing fees (typically between 3% and 5%) and shipping/insurance costs (if any). If you’re unhappy with PayPal and eBay’s “no fee refund” policy, and we are EXTREMELY unhappy, please voice your displeasure by contacting PayPal and/or eBay. We have no ability to influence, modify or waive PayPal or eBay policies. ABOUT US: Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Condition: Very good to like new. Please see detailed condition description below., Publisher: Time-Life Books (1969), Material: Paper, Provenance: Ancient Mesopotamia, Format: Quarter cloth hardcover with pictorial covers, Length: 183 pages, Size: 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches; 2 pounds

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