Mesopotamia : civilization begins / edited by Ariane Thomas and Timothy Potts.

Los Angeles : The J. Paul Getty Museum, [2020]
xv, 220 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 30 cm

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Histoire commence en Mésopotamie. English
Musée du Louvre -- Exhibitions.
Civilization, Assyro-Babylonian -- Exhibitions.
Iraq -- Civilization -- To 634 -- Exhibitions.
Musée du Louvre.
Civilization, Assyro-Babylonian.
Exhibition catalogs.
"This catalogue of more than 100 objects from the Musée du Louvre's collection of Ancient Near Eastern antiquities presents essays on Mesopotamia's discovery and excavations, economy, religion, cities, cuneiform writing, rulers and history, as well as its enduring presence in the contemporary imagination"-- Provided by publisher.
"Mesopotamia, in modern-day Iraq, was home to the remarkable ancient civilizations of Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia, and Assyria. From the rise of the first cities around 3500 BCE, through the mighty empires of Nineveh and Babylon, to the demise of its native culture around 100 CE, Mesopotamia produced some of the most powerful and captivating art of antiquity and led the world in astronomy, mathematics, and other sciences--a legacy that lives on today. Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins presents a rich panorama of ancient Mesopotamia's history, from its earliest prehistoric cultures to its conquest by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE. This catalogue records the beauty and variety of the objects on display, on loan from the Louvre's unparalleled collection of ancient Near Eastern antiquities: cylinder seals, monumental sculptures, cuneiform tablets, jewelry, glazed bricks, paintings, figurines, and more. Essays by international experts explore a range of topics, from the earliest French excavations to Mesopotamia's economy, religion, cities, cuneiform writing, rulers, and history--as well as its enduring presence in the contemporary imagination." -- Publisher's website
Introduction : Does History Begin in Mesopotamia? / Ariane Thomas
The Mesopotamian Collection of the Musée du Louvre / Ariane Thomas
The Rediscovery of Ancient Mesopotamia / Nicole Chevalier
Ancient Mesopotamia in Modern Culture / Michael Seymour
Mesopotamia in Modern Imagery
A Pioneering Economy / Cécile Michel
A Religious World / Benjamin R. Foster
First Cities : From Uruk to Babylon / Pascal Butterlin
Clay Architecture in Mesopotamia / Pedro Azara
First Writing : Cuneiform and the Scribal Tradition / Béatrice André-Salvini
First Kingdoms : When Kingship Descended from Heaven... / Dominique Charpin
War and Peace : From the Birth of the State to Great Empires / Zainab Bahrani
Ancient Mesopotamia Viewed from the Outside / Francis Joannès
Epilogue : Imaginary Journey from Mesopotamia to Iraq / Ariane Thomas
From Mesopotamia to Iraq, from 1850 to the Twentieth Century
Catalogue of the exhibition. First Cities : Catalogue nos. 1-39
First Writing : Catalogue nos. 40-91
First Kingdoms : Catalogue nos. 92-133
Appendix 1 : Mesopotamian Archaeology at the Museum : A Few Virtual Possibilities
Appendix 2 : Restoring and Reassembling Objects for the Exhibition.
Catalog of an exhibition held at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, Malibu, from March 18-July 27, 2020.
Translated and adapted from L'histoire commence en Mésopotamie, which was published in French, on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Musée du Louvre-Lens, November 6, 2016-January 23, 2017.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Thomas, Ariane, 1983- editor.
Potts, Timothy F., editor.
J. Paul Getty Museum, host institution, issuing body.
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