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Sumerians Their History, Culture, and Character

ISBN-10: 0226452387
ISBN-13: 9780226452388
Edition: 1970 (Reprint)
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Description: The Sumerians, the pragmatic and gifted people who preceded the Semites in the land first known as Sumer and later as Babylonia, created what was probably the first high civilization in the history of man, spanning the fifth to the second  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1970
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/15/1971
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 372
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

The Sumerians, the pragmatic and gifted people who preceded the Semites in the land first known as Sumer and later as Babylonia, created what was probably the first high civilization in the history of man, spanning the fifth to the second millenniums B.C. This book is an unparalleled compendium of what is known about them. Professor Kramer communicates his enthusiasm for his subject as he outlines the history of the Sumerian civilization and describes their cities, religion, literature, education, scientific achievements, social structure, and psychology. Finally, he considers the legacy of Sumer to the ancient and modern world. "There are few scholars in the world qualified to write such a book, and certainly Kramer is one of them. . . . One of the most valuable features of this book is the quantity of texts and fragments which are published for the first time in a form available to the general reader. For the layman the book provides a readable and up-to-date introduction to a most fascinating culture. For the specialist it presents a synthesis with which he may not agree but from which he will nonetheless derive stimulation."—American Journal of Archaeology "An uncontested authority on the civilization of Sumer, Professor Kramer writes with grace and urbanity."—Library Journal

Archeology and Decipherment
History: Heroes, Kings, and Ensi's
Society: The Sumerian City
Religion: Theology, Rite, and Myth
Literature: The Sumerian Belles-Lettres
Education: The Sumerian School
Character: Drives, Motives, and Values
The Legacy of Sumer
Appendixes
The Origin and Development of the Cuneiform System of Writing
The Sumerian Language
Votive Inscriptions
Sample Date-Formulas
Sumerian King List
Letters
Ditilla's (court decisions)
Lipit-Ishtar Law Code
Farmers' Almanac
Selected Bibliography
Index

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