A History of Sumer and Akkad. An account of the early Races of Babylonia from Prehistoric Tiimes to the Foundation of the Babyl. Ancient History, Leonard W. King.

A History of Sumer and Akkad. An account of the early Races of Babylonia from Prehistoric Tiimes to the Foundation of the Babyl

London: Chatto & Windus, 1916. Second Printing of the First Edition. A Very Good copy in red cloth binding with gilt stamping with wear to the extremities. Although the earliest Sumerian settlements in Southern Babylonia are to be set back in a comparatively remote period, the race by which they were founded appears at that time to have already attained to a high level of culture. We find them building houses for themselves and temples for their gods of burnt and unburnt brick. They are rich in sheep and cattle, and they have increased the natural fertility of their country by means of a regular system of canals and irrigation-channels. It is true that at this time their sculpture shared the rude character of their pottery, but their main achievement, the invention of a system of writing by means of lines and wedges, is in itself sufficient indication of their comparatively advanced state of civilization. Derived originally from picture-characters, the signs themselves, even in the earliest and most primitive inscriptions as yet recovered, have already lost to a great extent their pictorial character, while we find them employed not only as ideograms to express ideas, but also phonetically for syllables. The use of this complicated system of writing by the early Sumerians presupposes an extremely long period of previous development. Mr. King has utilized with rare skill the curious and complicated cuneiform inscriptions that have been excavated in Babylonia. He has marshalled the evidence in a masterful fashion to show when the so-called Sumerians came into Babylonia, what they captured, what city-states they organized and ruled, what religion they possessed, and what culture they developed and contributed to their successors, the Babylonians and Assyrians. Item #26624

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