History Begins at Sumer Thirty-Nine Firsts in Recorded History

ISBN-10: 0812212762
ISBN-13: 9780812212761
Edition: 3rd 1982
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 4/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Which civilization had the first system of law? The first formal educational system? The first tax cut? The first love song? The answers were found in excavations of ancient Sumer, a society so developed, resourceful, and enterprising that it, in a sense, created history. The book presents a cross section of the Sumerian "firsts" in all the major fields of human endeavor, including government and politics, education and literature, philosophy and ethics, law and justice, agriculture and medicine, even love and family. History Begins at Sumer is the classic account of the achievements of the Sumerians, who lived in what is now southern Iraq during the third millennium B.C. They were the developers of the cuneiform system of writing, perhaps their greatest contribution to civilization, which allowed laws and literature to be recorded for the first time.

Preface to the First Edition
List of Illustrations Photographic Sources
Introduction
Education: The First Schools
Schooldays: The First Case of ""Apple-Polishing""
Father and Son: The First Case of Juvenile Delinquency
International Affairs: The First ""War of Nerves""
Government: The First Bicameral Congress
Civil War in Sumer: The First Historian
Social Reform: The First Case of Tax Reduction
Law Codes: The First ""Moses"" Chapter

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