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H 245 x W 175 mm

84 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published Jul 2016

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784913892

Digital: 9781784913908

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Ancient Sumer; City State; Archaeology; Middle East; Sumerian; Girsu

For the Gods of Girsu: City-State Formation in Ancient Sumer

By Sébastien Rey

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This book demonstrates Girsu is a primary locale for re-analyzing, through an interdisciplinary approach combining archaeological and textual evidence, the origins of the Sumerian city-state.



Introduction: Concept of the Sumerian City-State; Chapter One: Once Upon a Time in Ancient Girsu. Or Tello and the Rediscovery of the Sumerians; Chapter Two: The City of the Heroic God. The General Layout of a Sumerian Metropolis; Chapter Three: The Girsu Countryside. The Spatial Organization of a Sumerian City-State; Chapter Four: Demarcated by the Gods. Sumerian Rites and the Lagaš-Umma Border Conflict; Conclusion: Morphogenesis of an Archaic City-State; Bibliography

About the Author

Sébastien Rey is Lead archaeologist at the British Museum (Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Training Program) and Codirector of Tello-Girsu (Southern Iraq).