By Don Nardo
Mesopotamia, the "land among the rivers," used to be the location of the world's first real towns, empires, large-scale engineering tasks, and written literature. The heritage, tradition, and contributions of the pivotal civilizations that inhabited the world are provided in shiny aspect during this quantity, together with the increase and fall of Sumeria, Babylonia, Assyria, and Persia.
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In addition, many scholars in the field are 44 SEE ALSO: cuneiform; languages; writing materials astrology and astronomy The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesopotamia Astyages tablets and kept in archives. , and many were discovered in the great library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal at Nineveh. ). The observations recorded on the tablets were originally used to determine omens that might affect that monarch, but modern scholars use them to help date Mesopotamian events. Surviving records of the Mesopotamian astronomers indicate that they paid close attention to unusual heavenly phenomena, such as lunar and solar eclipses and halos around the Sun.
I shall create again the image of Gilgamesh. This creation now shall be as quick in heart and as strong in arm. ” With this thought she did bend and scoop and spit and fling, with flick of wrist, mud that fell deep into the woods below. 36 Thus did Enkidu come about. Thus did Enkidu, wild man, hairy man, forest man, come about. , migrated in waves from somewhere in what is now southern Russia. C. And other Aryan waves may have pushed into Afghanistan (originally called Aryana, meaning “Land of the Aryans”) and the Iranian plateau.
Of Babylon, am I. . , the forty-third year since Seleucus established his empire], the . . true temple, the house of Nabu, which is in [the town of] Borsippa, I did lay. O Nabu . . regard [me] joyfully and, at your lofty command which is unchanging, may the overthrow of the countries of my enemies . . just kingship, [and] a happy reign . . be [your] gift for the kingship of Antiochus . . forever. ) inherThe Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesopotamia ited a war with Ptolemaic Egypt; and to help facilitate peace, he married Berenice, daughter of Ptolemy II.
Ancient Mesopotamia (Greenhaven Encylopedia) by Don Nardo