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Kozyreva N.V. Studies in the History of Southern Mesopotamia in Early Antiquity (from the 7th to the middle of the 2nd millennium BC). St. Petersburg : Contrast, 2016. 552 p., ill. (Studia Mesopotamia). ISBN 978-5-4380-0149-2


The book provides a historical reconstruction o f the social institutions, economic and political structures of Southern Mesopotamia and its neighbours in Early Antiquity. The period was marked by dynamic interactions o f the different ethnic groups with different cultural and economical background which culminated in creating the earliest forms o f life and labour organization in the city-states along with the first systems o f government, the appearance o f written language and writing down the first law collections. The study relies on exhaustive research o f the numerous epigraphic evidences (Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform texts), excavated artifacts and the interpretation o f the archaeological record as a whole. The book is accessible to a wider audience, while it also provides a wealth o f new material to the specialist in the field.

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Southern Mesopotamia

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