The politics of ancient Mesopotamia

Isakhan, Benjamin 2012, The politics of ancient Mesopotamia, in The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia Exhibition, [Melbourne Museum], Melbourne.

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Title The politics of ancient Mesopotamia
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Conference name The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia Exhibition
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 23 Aug. 2012
Title of proceedings The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia Exhibition
Publication date 2012
Total pages [unknown]
Publisher [Melbourne Museum]
Place of publication Melbourne
Keyword(s) Mesopotamia
politics
history
Mesopotamian empires
Summary Conventional wisdom asserts that the empires of ancient Mesopotamia were ruled by blood-thirsty tyrants with a penchant for megalomania and a lust for power.

However, archaeological work conducted during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has begun to unearth a more sophisticated political landscape. Many of the empires of ancient Mesopotamia can be seen to have practised forms of governance remarkably similar to the democratic systems employed by the Greeks many centuries later.

This lecture will examine the democratic tendencies of various Mesopotamian empires and trace their influence on later Grecian developments.
Language eng
Field of Research 210310 Middle Eastern and African History
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047253

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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