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Contents Prologue: THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Chapter 1: ANCIENT TRASH AND BURIED TREASURE: Archaeology in the Ancient Near East Chapter 2: RIVERS AND DITCHES, TEMPLES AND FARMS: Irrigation and the Growth of Towns Chapter 3: OF POTTERS AND POTS, PLOWMEN AND PLOWS Technology and the First Cities Chapter 4: HOW WORDS CHANGED THE WORLD The Invention of Writing Chapter 5: A WORLD FULL OF GODS AND GODDESSES Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia Chapter 6: THE DEATH OF A SUMERIAN LADY Queens, Kings, and Religion in Early Cities Chapter 7: THE FIRST SUPERHERO The Story of Gilgamesh Chapter Eight: THE WORLD'S FIRST EMPIRE BUILDER Sargon, King of Akkad Chapter 9: THE CARE AND FEEDING OF ANCIENT GODS Priestesses and Priests in Ancient Mesopotamia Chapter 10: LAYING DOWN THE LAW Hammurabi and the First Lawmakers CHAPTER 11: ORDER IN THE COURT! The Justice System in Ancient Mesopotamia Chapter 12: FARMERS AND DOCTORS, BARBERS AND BUILDERS Mesopotamian Workers, Slave and Free Chapter 13: UR-UTU'S STORY The Mesopotamian Family Chapter 14: SCRIBES, SCHOOL, AND SCHOOL BOYS Education in Ancient Mesopotamia Chapter 15: LOVERS, SISTERS, AND COOKS Life in a Mesopotamian Palace Chapter 16: THE SURPRISE ENDING OF THE BABYLONIAN EMPIRE Hittite Victories and Indo-European Languages Chapter 17: BRIDES AND BROTHER KINGS Diplomacy and the Great Powers Chapter 18: KING DAVID AND HIS FAMILY The Settlements and Politics of the Israelites and the Levant Chapter 19: ONE GOD, MANY STORIES The Beliefs of the Israelite People Chapter 20: THE LOST LAWS OF THE ISRAELITES The Exodus and the Ten Commandments Chapter 21: ASSYRIA'S FIGHTER KINGS Warriors Build an Empire Chapter 22: A BRIGHT STAR SHINES--BRIEFLY Babylon Rises, Judah Falls Chapter 23: A MOTHER'S LOVE AND A RULER'S TEARS The Last Mesopotamian King Chapter 24: OF CAMELS, KINGS, AND CONQUERORS The Persian Empire Epilogue: A WORLD NOT TRULY LOST
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Middle East -- History -- To 622 -- Juvenile literature.
Middle East -- Antiquities -- Juvenile literature.