In this fascinating and compelling book, Zainab Bahrani introduces readers to the spectacular images and monuments of this region of the Near East, covering modern Iraq, northeast Syria and southeast Turkey. As the narrative unfolds, readers will learn about the art of the legendary civilizations that flourished between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, and how it was made and received. She addresses the present-day situation in these lands and the violent destruction that continues to threaten the rich cultural heritage of Mesopotamia.
Chapter-opening maps and overviews guide readers through the geography and chronology of Mesopotamia, visiting the ancient cities of Ur, Babylon, Nineveh, Hatra and Seleucia on the Tigris. The book includes a glossary that defines all art-historical and technical terminology.
'Illuminates the artistic creativity of ancient Mesopotamia with new and profound conceptualizations for our generation'
Harvey Weiss, Yale University
'Gloriously illustrated … this book will undoubtedly persuade even a sceptical reader of the artistic allure of ancient Mesopotamia'
'The book is deeply informed by up-to-date scholarship and reflects significant new directions in approaches to Mesopotamian art over the past few decades'
Ann Gunter, Northwestern University
'A must-have book'