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15 July 2010

224 Pages | 20 b&w halftones, 6 maps

ISBN: 9780192805805

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What Makes Civilization?

The Ancient Near East and the Future of the West

David Wengrow

  • A vivid new account of the 'birth of civilization' in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, from prehistoric times to the age of pyramids
  • Looks at these two seminal civilizations side by side, showing how they mixed with and borrowed from each other over the centuries
  • Deals with everything from the creation of cities, kingdoms, and monumental temples to the birth of 'everyday' practices such as cooking food and keeping the house and body clean
  • Concludes with a telling comparison between the ancient Near East and more recent attempts to reshape the world to an ideal image