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By Marc Van de Mieroop

This ebook offers a transparent, concise heritage of the intense multicultural civilizations of the traditional close to East. Bestselling narrative of the complicated heritage of the traditional close to EastAddresses political, social, and cultural developmentsContains in-depth dialogue of key texts and resources, together with the Bible and the Epic of GilgameshIncludes quite a few maps, illustrations, and a range of close to japanese texts in translationIntegrates new learn, and drastically expands the publications to additional analyzing for this moment variation

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Uruk influence may thus have accelerated a process that had its roots in the local cultures. On the other hand, the massive foreign influence observed in a city like Habuba Kabira clearly shows a southern inspiration. Aspects of Uruk culture are found beyond the spheres where influence was direct. The beveled-rim bowl is found at several sites near the north Syrian coast, for instance. Most intriguing is the possibility that Uruk influenced early Egypt, where in the late fourth millennium a number of cultural characteristics similar to those of southern Mesopotamia appeared: niched mudbrick architecture, decorative clay cones, some pottery styles, cylinder seals, and certain artistic motifs.

We do not know who exactly was honored with such elaborate burials, whether they were members of the palace or temple elites. This in itself demonstrates how power structures gaining legitimacy on various ideological bases coexisted in the late Early Dynastic period, and that the full definition of social and political hierarchies was still wanting then. 5 Scribal Culture During the Early Dynastic period, the recently invented technology of writing evolved both in its ability to render spoken languages and in the extent of information it could provide.

Mesalim, king of Kish, at the command of (the god) Ishtaran, measured the field and placed a stele. Ush, ruler of Umma, acted arrogantly. He ripped out the stele and marched unto the plain of Lagash. Ningirsu, the hero of Enlil, at the latter's command did battle with Umma. Upon Enlil's command he cast the great battle-net upon it. Its great burial mound was set up for him in the plain. Eannatum, ruler of Lagash, the uncle of Enmetena ruler of Lagash, with Enakale, ruler of Umma, drew the border.

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