Mesopotamia - Ancient Art and Architecture


Ancient Art and Architecture

  1. Zainab Bahrani
  • ISBN 9780500519172
  • 27.50 x 21.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 376pp
  • with 414 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2017

The only comprehensive survey in print of the art and architecture of ancient Mesopotamia

‘Gloriously illustrated … this book will undoubtedly persuade even a sceptical reader of the artistic allure of ancient Mesopotamia’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Illuminates the artistic creativity of ancient Mesopotamia with new and profound conceptualizations for our generation’ – Harvey Weiss, Yale University
‘This rich and exciting body of material has not previously been made available to readers in one volume. Even the best-known works are discussed here in very fresh ways. The book is deeply informed by up-to-date scholarship and reflects significant new directions in approaches to Mesopotamian art over the past few decades’– Ann Gunter, Northwestern University

Mesopotamia Ancient Art and Architecture

This book is the first in ten years to present a comprehensive survey of art and architecture in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq, northeast Syria and southeast Turkey), from 8000 BCE to the arrival of Islam in 636 BCE.

The book is richly illustrated with around 400 full-colour photographs, and maps and time charts that guide readers through the chronology and geography of this part of the ancient Near East.

It addresses such essential art historical themes as the origins of narrative representation, the first emergence of historical public monuments and the earliest aesthetic commentaries. It explains how images and monuments were made and how they were viewed. It also traces the ancient practices of collecting and conservation and rituals of animating statues and of architectural construction.

Accessible to students and non-specialists, the book expands the scope of standard surveys to cover art and architecture from the prehistoric to the Roman era, including the legendary cities of Ur, Babylon, Nineveh, Hatra and Seleucia on the Tigris.