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Life and Thought in the Ancient Near East

Louis L. Orlin
An accessible, engaging introduction to the culture and society of the ancient Near East

Description

Intended for readers seeking insight into the day-to-day life of some of the world's most ancient peoples, Life and Thought in the Ancient Near East presents brief, fascinating explorations of key aspects of the civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Asia Minor, and Iran. With vignettes on agriculture, architecture, crafts and industries, literature, religion, topography, and history, Orlin has created something refreshingly unique: a modern guidebook to an ancient world. The book also reaches out to students of the Ancient Near Eastern World with essays on decipherments, comparative cultural developments between Egypt and Mesopotamia, and language and literature.

In addition to general readers, the book will be useful in the classroom as a text supplementing a more conventional introduction to Near Eastern Studies.

"Well-written and accessible, Life and Thought in the Ancient Near East deftly connects the past with present experience by drawing out the differences between, for instance, modern churches and ancient temples, and frequently employing biblical references. This simplicity together with connecting contemporary to ancient experience makes the text ideal for freshmen and general readers."
---Marc Cooper, Professor of History, Missouri State University

Now Professor Emeritus, Louis L. Orlin taught in the department of Ancient Near Eastern History and Literature at the University of Michigan for more than thirty years. He is the author and editor of several books, including Assyrian Colonies in Cappadocia and Ancient Near Eastern Literature: A Bibliography of One Thousand Items on the Cuneiform Literatures of the Ancient World.

Praise / Awards

  • "This is an original and refreshing approach that I think will nicely engage the reader---it engaged me. For a non-specialist interested in the ancient Near East these learned, informed insights into aspects of life will be most interesting and enlightening."
    ---G. Kenneth Sams, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • "Well-written and accessible, Life and Thought in the Ancient Near East deftly connects the past with present experience by drawing out the differences between, for instance, modern churches and ancient temples, and frequently employing biblical references. This simplicity together with connecting contemporary to ancient experience makes the text ideal for freshmen and general readers."
    ---Marc Cooper, Professor of History, Missouri State University

  • "Louis Orlin possesses the rare ability to help students think about the records of antiquity not primarily as esoteric remains of something that was fascinating because it was distant and alien, but as the products of the behaviors of men and women for whom time and space were similar to what they are for us, and in whom fear, pride, ignorance and hope worked in ways that are recognizable to us. The chapters of this book reflect Orlin's long pedagogical experience and effectively open a window on important avenues of contemplating the past."
    ---Matthew Stolper, John A. Wilson Professor of Assyriology, The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

  • "This is an odd book; rather than presenting a straightforward chronological or topical study of the civilization of the ancient Near East, it consists of a diverse, wide-ranging series of short chapters that vary in both depth and breadth."
    ---Choice, K. Abdi, Silsby Hall Dartmouth College

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Copyright © 2007, University of Michigan. All rights reserved. Posted July 2007 and April 2008.

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  • 288 pages.
  • 24 page insert - 7 maps, 33 B&W photo.
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  • 2010
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  • 978-0-472-02589-3


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