Sources and further reading on Ancient Mesopotamia:

The main sources I have used for the history of ancient Mesopotamia are:

 

Roux, G., Ancient Iraq, Penguin, 1992, is a very readable overview of the subject for the general reader.

 

Saggs, H.W.F. The Babylonians, Macmillan, 1988, is, despite its name, a comprehensive and scholarly coverage of ancient Mesopotamian civilization up to the end of the Neo-Babylonian empire in the 6th century BC.

 

Roaf, M., A cultural atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East, Andromeda, 1990, is a superbly illustrated and highly informative introduction to the subject.

 

A lavishly illustrated work on archaeology for the general reader which includes good coverage of ancient Mesopotamia, is Renfrew, C. (ed.), Past Worlds: The Times Atlas of Archaeology, Times Books, 1995, p. 98-9; 122-7; 132-5; 154-7.

 

A work on general archaeology aimed more at students, but readable and with very good coverage of ancient Mesopotamia, is Scarre, C. (ed.), The Human Past, Thames & Hudson, 2005, p. 232, 432ff.

 

For an insightful look at government in ancient Mesopotamia, see Finer, S. E., The History of Government, I, Ancient Monarchies and Empires, OUP, 1999, p. 104ff. 

 

 

Websites:

 

The University of Chicago has produced a superb site on Ancient Mesopotamia.

 

An informative website on ancient Mesopotamia is the British Museum’s Ancient Mesopotamia.

 

Wikipedia of course has a vast amount of information on Ancient Mesopotamia.