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by Jean Bottéro

ISBN: 0748613870
ISBN13: 978-0748613878
Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; 1 edition (July 10, 2001)
Pages: 288
Category: Humanities
Subategory: Other

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As Bottero stated in his foreword, he wanted the reader to become acquainted with the Mesopotamian culture through vivid impressions, much as a tourist would gain when visiting a foreign country for the first time. All exaggerations aside, Bottero really manages to do a very good job of igniting the reader's interest in this part of the ancient world.

Book Description: Jean Bottéro and his colleagues take the reader on a voyage of discovery into the public and private realms of the lives of our first civilized ancestors, looking at everyday life in Ancient Mesopotamia. eISBN: 978-0-7486-7930-0. Approaching a cultural system as complex and far removed from our own day as ancient Mesopotamia – the crowning glory of the ancient Near East – is somewhat difficult. Everyone agrees about that

Features of everyday Meopotamian life highlight the new sections of this book.

Features of everyday Meopotamian life highlight the new sections of this book. Both gourmet cuisine and popular cookery used fish, meats, fruits Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia, based on articles originally published in L'Histoire by Jean Bottéro, André Finet, Bertrand Lafont, and Georges Roux, presents new discoveries about this amazing Mesopotamian culture made during the past ten years. Features of everyday Meopotamian life highlight the new sections of this book.

Bottéro, Jean; Finet, André. The new information found in Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia makes a significant contribution, one that deepens our knowledge and understanding of this great, ancient civilization. Format Paperback 288 pages. Jean Bottéro is director of studies and chair of the Department of Assyriology at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris.

The new information found in Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia makes a significant contribution, one that deepens our knowledge and understanding of this great, ancient civilization.

Johns Hopkins University Press.

Jean Bottero, Andre Finet, Bertrand Lafont

Jean Bottero, Andre Finet, Bertrand Lafont. The early development of cuneiform writing, the world's first phonetic script, means that for the first time in the history of humanity it is possible to learn something of how people thought and felt

Ancestor of the West : Writing, Reasoning, and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam, and Greece", Jean Bottéro, Clarisse Herrenschmidt, Jean-Pierre Vernant, and François Zabbal "The Oldest Cuisine in the World: Cooking in Mesopotamia", Jean Bottéro and Teresa Lavender Fagan "Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia" "Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia", Jean Bottéro and Teresa Lavender Fagan "The Birth of God", Jean Bottéro.

Firstly, it must be understood that this book is in fact a collection of articles, organized (but not written entirely by) French Assyriologist Jean Bottero; pertaining to everyday life in the Ancient Near East. The articles, translated by Antonia Nevill, are from the pens of a number of other well-respected French historians such as Andre Finet, Bertrand Lafont and Georges Roux; as well as Bottero himself. From the get-go, this collection is an enthralling one. The collection covers a great span of history, from approximately 3000BC to just before.

The civilization of Ancient Mesopotamia flourished between 3300 BC and 2000 BC in the southern half of the lands between and to either side of the Tigris and Euphrates, where a vast grain harvest (about equal to Canada's today) supported a large and well-ordered population. The earlydevelopment of cuneiform writing, the world's first phonetic script, means that for the first time in the history of humanity it is possible to learn something of how people thought and felt. This book aims to do just that and, as the reader soon finds out, succeeds triumphantly. Jean Bottero and his colleagues take the reader on a voyage of discovery into the public and private realms of the lives of our first civilized ancestors - their cooking and eating, feasts and festivals, wineand drinking, love and sex, what women could do and what they couldn't, magic and medicine, trial by ordeal, life in a palace above and below stairs, astrology and divination, gods and religion, and literature and myth.
Comments:
Shomeshet
The book covers many interesting topics written by various scholars others, and, as such, should have been listed as "edited by" J. Bottéro. Though the "author" includes many chapters on Mesopotamian cuisine, a book for which he deservedly received the Légion d'Honneur, those chapters are basically "blocked, cut and pasted' from that book, Textes Culinaires Mesopotamiens. His book on cooking was truly a major contribution both in his recognizing that the text was an ancient cookbook and deciphering some very difficult terms. Nonetheless, I expected new material and not chapters taken from another book.

Thordigda
Some of the information was genuinely interesting but far too much space was spent on a few recipes and wine for my taste

NiceOne
good and interesting book for research. Easy to read for a research book

Togar
Some interesting updates to what I learned in college about the subject. Very readable.

Ballazan
Good info.

Cetnan
"Everyday Life in Ancient Messopotamia" offers an interesting option to the general reader who is interested in Ancient Mesopotamia but is put off by most of the dry and academic texts that are currently available on this topic. As Bottero stated in his foreword, he wanted the reader to become acquainted with the Mesopotamian culture through vivid impressions, much as a tourist would gain when visiting a foreign country for the first time. All exaggerations aside, Bottero really manages to do a very good job of igniting the reader's interest in this part of the ancient world.

Although I felt that the chapters on food and wine were a bit overextended, the rest of the book provides a solid and entertaining discussion of Mesopotamia. The chapters dealing with women in Mesopotamian society were quite interesting, where Bottero suggests that women may have had more leverage power in dealing with men than would be suggested by the textual evidence. Additionally, Georges Roux's discussion of the origins of the Semiramis legend are equally appealing. One of the things that impressed me about this book was the ability of the various contributors to throw a new light on old ideas, thus allowing the reader to gain new insights. For example, one theory that made me think was Bottero's idea that the use of writing to communicate decrees made by the king may have prepared the Mesopotamians to accept the possibility that the gods might issue their decrees through the movements of the celestial bodies. And just as there were experts to read the texts, there originated the need to obtain experts in astrology who could interpret the heavenly bodies. I do not know if this is a widely supported idea in the Assyriological community, but nevertheless, the ability of the various contributors to communicate to the general reader is a definite strong point of this book.

I highly recommend this book as a good starting point to Mesopotamia, since it will leave the reader (like myself) wanting to learn more.

Reggy
This book is a compilation - in translation - of essays written by Jean Bottero, along with those written by various authors whose qualifications are described on the back cover. It was not surprising to learn that Bottero is a distinguished chef, for I found the chapters on food and cooking to be especially fascinating. Fortunately for those of us interested in the ancient world of Mesopotamia, the Sumerians and others recorded ample, detailed narratives of their lives for us to translate and study.

The chapter on women's rights was particularly interesting, full of surprises about what privileges women were entitled to - or not. I also liked the chapters covering accounts of The Flood and the Legends of Gilgamesh. There is much to ponder in these discussions of how the Mesopotamians viewed the gods or of how we might view the origins of our own religions.

I would have appreciated more maps, charts or time lines, although there is a useful chronology at the end of the book.

Altogether I found this book extremely informative. It whets the appetite for reading more about those ancient peoples who carefully and fully recorded so much for us to contemplate.

Some of the essays are better than others but overall a fascinating gathering of detailed well researched interesting for ways into the deep past!

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