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"A lucid, intelligent, and lively summation … an appetizing and stimulating introduction to the study of man's early civilizations." — ScienceThis fascinating, lively study — praised by the American Historical Review as "a valuable introduction, perhaps the best available in English, to the ancient Near Eastern civilizations" — is essential reading for history students and"A lucid, intelligent, and lively summation … an appetizing and stimulating introduction to the study of man's early civilizations." — ScienceThis fascinating, lively study — praised by the American Historical Review as "a valuable introduction, perhaps the best available in English, to the ancient Near Eastern civilizations" — is essential reading for history students and for anyone interested in the development of Western civilization. The author, who was director of the Center of Semitic Studies at the University of Rome, undertook the study in order to make sense of several enormously important discoveries from the mid-twentieth century — including the discovery of Ugarit, a Syrian city that flourished for 4,000 years; the unearthing of Mari, an equally important city of ancient Mesopotamia; and the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.Professor Moscati begins with a chapter on the "Oriental Renaissance" and goes on to examine the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Hittites, Hurrians, Canaanites, Aramaeans, Israelites, and Persians, before offering, in the final chapter, a synthesis of Near Eastern accomplishments in politics, society, literature, and the arts. His conclusion is that "the civilizations of the ancient Orient [were] a tremendous human experience … without which another, subsequent civilization would not be conceivable." One of the great pleasures of this intriguing book is its delightful sampling of illustrative quotations from primary sources — some from the Bible and many others (often with strikingly biblical intonations) from the little-known writings of Sumer, Egypt, Hurria, and the other great civilizations that prefigured Greece and Rome....

Title : The Face of the Ancient Orient: Near Eastern Civilization in Pre-Classical Times
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ISBN : 9780486419527
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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  • Richard
    2019-06-24 13:50

    Although it is 50 years old, I found this survey very compelling. My son got me the board game "Civilization" for Christmas which employs most of the peoples Moscati discusses. So inspired, I read it in 8 days. I particularly found the discussion of Sumerian civilization and its relation to the Babylonians very helpful. The discussion of the Hittites also cleared up my understanding of this group. Moscati interprets the ancient Orient in terms of the valley cultures in tension with the nomads from the desert on the one hand, and the mountain peoples (Hurrians, Hittites, and finally the Persians). The contrasting attitudes and cultural perspectives of the Mesopotamians (pessimistic, insecure, king as a divine mediator who COULD be mistaken) and the Egyptians (serene, secure, led by a God on earth [Pharaoh]) was particularly enlightening. For each people- Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Hittites, Arameans, Israelites, and Persians- Moscati surveys the known history, religion, literacy, and art/architecture. It pulled together so many details I have encountered in my years of reading in this field into a big picture. If this is your first book on this topic, it will be too heavy for you to enjoy, but for those who have a little background, it is a helpful read.

  • Paul
    2019-05-28 17:43

    Very informative and relatively easy to get through for an old history book