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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,530) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123020038765 Civilization Before Greece and Rome by H.W.F. Saggs. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with Dust Jacket: 322 pages. Publisher: Yale University Press; (1989). For many centuries it was accepted that civilization began with the Greeks and Romans. During the last two hundred years however, archaeological discoveries in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete, Syrian, Anatolia, Iran, and the Indus Valley have revealed that rich cultures existed in these regions some two thousand years before the Greco-Roman era. In this fascinating work, H.W.F. Saggs presents a wide-ranging survey of the more notable achievements of these societies, showing how much the ancient peoples of the Near and Middle East have influenced the patterns of our daily lives. Saggs discusses the invention of writing, tracing it from the earliest pictograms (designed for account-keeping) to the Phoenician alphabet, the course of the Greek and all European alphabets. He investigates the curricula, teaching methods, and values of the schools from which scribes graduated. Analyzing the provisions of some of the law codes, he illustrates the operation of international law and the international trade that it made possible. Saggs highlights the creative ways that these ancient peoples used their natural resources, describing the vast works in stone created by the Egyptians, the development of technology in bronze and iron, and the introduction of useful plants into the regions outside their natural habitat. In chapters on mathematics, astronomy, and medicine, he offers interesting explanations about how modern calculations of time derive from the ancient world, how the Egyptians practiced scientific surgery, and how the Babylonians used algebra. The book concludes with a discussion of ancient religion, showing its evolution from the most primitive forms toward monotheism. CONDITION: LIKE NEW. Unread or merely leafed through hardcover w/dustjacket. Yale University (1989) 322 pages. Inside the book is pristine; pages clean, crisp, unmutilated, tightly bound, and unmarked EXCEPT that the original owner embossed their name ("from the library of...") onto the lower corner of the first free page in the book (the first, blank, unprinted page in the book). By "embossed" I mean impressed a seal into the book, like the old-fashioned notary seals, thus impressing or embossing the page. Otherwise the inside of the book is without blemish. Though clearly unread, I would guess based on the evidence that the original owner did flip through the first 20-30 pages in the book, perhaps even read the firsat 20-30 pages (but with an exceedingly light hand), but clearly the book is unread in the sense that it was never read "cover-to-cover". From the outside the dustjacket and cloth covers are unblemished except that if you "catch" the light by holding the book at the proper orientation so the light reflects off the dustjacket, you can see what looks like coffee cup "marks" on both the front and back side of the dustjacket, i.e., the dustjacket is rippled with a roughly circular shape. In other words, though there's no stains, it does look like someone set a cup filled with a hot beverage on top of the dustjacket, and so the dustjacket has a circular "ripple", both on the front side as well as the back side. I would hasten to add however that if you remove the dustjacket to inspect the cloth covers, they are absolutely without blemish. Except for the original owner's embossed seal on the first free page, the overall condition of the book is not too far removed from what might otherwise pass as "new" stock from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton, for instance) wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock (and drink hot beverages), and so otherwise "new" books often show a little handling/shelf/browsing wear and/or superficial cosmetic blemishes. Satisfactioun nconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #2019L. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Professor Henry W. F. Saggs is Professor Emeritus of Semitic Languages at University College, Cardiff, and the author of numerous books including “Civilization before Greece and Rome” (1989), “The Might that was Assyria” (1984), and “The Greatness that was Babylon” (1962). Contents/Chapter Headings include: 1) Pushing Back the Frontiers. 2) City-States and Kingdoms. 3) Pyramids and Ziggurats. 4) Writing. 5) Education. 6) Living in Cities. 7) Trade. 8) Law. 9) The brotherhood of Nations. 10) Natural Resources. 11) Medicine. 12) Ancient Religion. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: First published in London in 1988, this study introduces the predominant cultures of the ancient Near East (Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Palestinian, Sumerian, Medean/Persian, Hittite and Hurrian, and Indus Valley). As excavation continues at sites of these first societies, their annals are in need of frequent revision, which this book provides. Saggs has a knack for drawing together the most telling details from the jumble of cultural data and presenting them in such a way that we truly see each culture as it was at its zenith, and its heritage to the world. There is an especially informative look as the cross-cultural development of writing. This is an accurate and lively picture of an area typically neglected by Western educators. REVIEW: In this fascinating work, H.W.F. Saggs presents a wide-ranging survey of the greatest achievements of the ancient civilizations of the Near and Middle East from the Phoenician alphabet to mathematics, astronomy, medicine, religion and international law; and shows how their influence is still felt today. Informative and highly readable. REVIEW: An impressive and enjoyable book. Gives a comprehensive overview of the earliest Middle Eastern civilizations, as well as fascinating sketch of how we have gained our knowledge of ancient Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, and their neighbors. The writing is graceful, with occasional dry humor, and remarkable for the clarity with which complicated processes are explained. It is very successful. REVIEW: This lively and authoritative book gives the general reader and student an introduction to most of the early civilizations of the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Although it is true that due to the wide scope of this work Saggs is unable to provide a thorough treatment for any one civilization, those subjects which he does focus on, such as writing, education, etc. receive a more thorough treatment than would be possible in a book specializing in one civilization. An overview of the overall trends in the pre-Greek world is the goal of this work after all, go somewhere else for a more detailed treatment of particular civilizations (“Babylonians”, and “The Might that was Assyria” [which incidentally are also by Saggs]) are both excellent). This overview Saggs carries off quite nicely, in an easy to read engaging style he reconstructs the Ancient World topic by topic, and shows our many debts to the Ancient Pre-Greek World that are often overlooked. Saggs is clearly an expert in his field, but this book is accessible even to the beginner. In summary I highly recommend this book. In fact I've read 3 of Saggs books (this plus “Babylonians” and “The Might that was Assyria”), and highly recommend them all. Saggs is so awesome!!! I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. 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We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Title: Civilization Before Greece and Rome

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