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By Georges Roux

Newly revised and containing info from fresh excavations and found artifacts, Ancient Iraq covers the political, cultural, and socio-economic historical past from Mesopotamia days of prehistory to the Christian period.

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19. Citadel of Dûr-Sharrukin (Khorsabad). 20. C. 21. The central part of Babylon. CHRONOLOGICAL TABLES I. Prehistory II. Early Dynastic Period (c. ) III. Dynasties of Akkad, Gutium and Ur III (c. ) IV. Isin-Larsa, Old Babylonian and Old Assyrian Periods (c. ) V. Kassite Period (c. ) VI. Middle Babylonian and Middle Assyrian Periods (c. ) VII. ) VIII. ) IX. C. ) MAPS 1. Near and Middle East in Early Antiquity. 2. Southern Mesopotamia. 3. Northern Mesopotamia and Ancient Syria. 4. The Assyrian Empire.

Last but not least, I wish to thank my wife Christiane for the innumerable tasks she performed to assist me. Saint Julien du Sault, France, November 1991. INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST EDITION This is a revised version, substantially enlarged and entirely rewritten, of the series of articles which appeared between September 1956 and January 1960 in Iraq Petroleum, the now defunct magazine of the Iraq Petroleum Company, under the title The Story of Ancient Iraq. Written in Basrah with no other source of documentation than my own personal library, these articles suffered from many serious defects and were far from even approaching the standards required from a work of this nature.

CHRONOLOGICAL TABLES I. Prehistory II. Early Dynastic Period (c. ) III. Dynasties of Akkad, Gutium and Ur III (c. ) IV. Isin-Larsa, Old Babylonian and Old Assyrian Periods (c. ) V. Kassite Period (c. ) VI. Middle Babylonian and Middle Assyrian Periods (c. ) VII. ) VIII. ) IX. C. ) MAPS 1. Near and Middle East in Early Antiquity. 2. Southern Mesopotamia. 3. Northern Mesopotamia and Ancient Syria. 4. The Assyrian Empire. FOREWORD TO THE THIRD EDITION By the time this third edition of Ancient Iraq is published twelve years will have elapsed since the second edition (1980).

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