Ancient Mesopotamia (Greenhaven Encyclopedia) - download pdf or read online

By Don Nardo

ISBN-10: 0737734418

ISBN-13: 9780737734416

Mesopotamia, the "land among the rivers," was once the positioning of the world's first actual towns, empires, large-scale engineering initiatives, and written literature. The heritage, tradition, and contributions of the pivotal civilizations that inhabited the realm are provided in vibrant element during this quantity, such as the increase and fall of Sumeria, Babylonia, Assyria, and Persia. (20030501)

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SEE ALSO: Ammi-saduqa; Greeks; mathematics Astyages (reigned ca. ) The last king of the Medes, who were defeated and absorbed by the Persians led by Cyrus II. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, the main ancient source for Astyages, the latter was the son of Media’s King Cyaxares II. As a boy Cyrus, the son of a Median vassal king, had known Astyages. When the younger man launched a rebellion against the Medes, Astyages prepared to put down the uprising. He “armed the Medes to a man,” Herodotus says.

SEE ALSO: An; Epic of Creation Antigonus Monophthalmos (ca. ) One of the so-called Successors of Alexander the Great and for a while a powerful Macedonian Greek warlord who illegally controlled and looted Mesopotamia. Not much is known about Antigonus’s life before he was in his sixties, except that he lost an eye in battle as a young man. C. During these campaigns, Alexander appointed him governor of Phrygia, the region encompassing much of central Anatolia, but Antigonus soon proved that he was not satisfied with a mere governorship.

One or more of these prayers were recited by worshippers on a daily basis. Many are similar in style and tone to this one: I shall recognize you as strong and holy, Ahura-Mazda, when you will help me . . through the heat of your truth-strong fire, to the wicked man and the just, and when the might of Good Purpose shall come to me. Then as holy I have recognized you, AhuraMazda, when I saw you as first at the birth of life, when you appointed rewards for acts and words, bad for the bad, a good recompense for the good [just rewards that will be handed out] at the final turning point [last judgment].

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