Ancient Iraq (Eyewitness) by Philip Steele

By Philip Steele

Be an eyewitness to old Iraq. return in time to among 3500 to 500 BC, and stopover at the 'land among rivers'. observe the birthplace of writing and farming and the place the 1st nice towns, states and empires rose; domestic to the Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian civilizations. Get the image utilizing the clip-art CD with over a hundred striking photos to obtain. Then use the large pull-out wallchart to accessorize your room. nice for tasks or simply for enjoyable, this fact-packed consultant and CD will exhibit and let you know every thing you must learn about this historic land and civilization. "I am an enormous fan of these...They are brilliantly visual". "There isn't really a baby that will be ready to face up to determining that up" - "Reader Reviews".

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The seventh century bce was a great age of astronomical observation, arts and crafts, and musical notation. Assyrian scholarship was interwoven with superstition and myth, but it also contained early stirrings of scientific thought. The Assyrians were first-rate technicians, engineers, plumbers, and road builders. They quarried and transported great blocks of stone for their ambitious building works. They were also masters of irrigation. Eighteen canals were built to carry water to the city of Nineveh, and an impressive aqueduct has been found nearby at Jerwan.

Through it passed the Processional Way, a sacred route to the temple of Marduk. The Ishtar Gate was faced with blue glazed bricks and decorated with designs of bulls and dragons. RA $ESERT IN *ERUSALEM Tumbling waterfall LILIES OF THE FIELD Peaches Canals connected to wells feed the plants on the terraces Well Pear The Babylonians used impressive irrigation methods to cultivate flowering plants and fruit trees in their dry and dusty land. They grew peach, pear, and pistachio nut trees as well as date palms.

The shortage of large tree trunks for making solid wheels led to an alternative design. Two or three narrow plank sections were joined together to make up a wheel. The trouble was that these were very heavy, so from about 2000 bce wheels were made with sections removed. This meant that the rim had to be strengthened with bars or spokes. Spoke strengthens the wheel Cross-piece fastens planks Axle allows wheel to turn HIGH-SPEED CHARIOTS The first chariots, used for warfare or hunting, had planked wheels and were heavy, slow, and difficult to manoeuvre.

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