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Author Mithen, Steven J.

Title Thirst : water and power in the ancient world / Steven Mithen with Sue Mithen.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  333.91009 MITHEN    Check Shelf
Edition First Harvard University Press edition.
Description xvii, 347 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Thirst: For knowledge of the past and lessons for the future -- The water revolution: The origins of water management in the Levant, 1.5 million years ago to 700 BC -- 'The black fields became white/the broad plain was choked with salt': Water management and the rise and fall of Sumerian civilisation, 5000-1600 BC -- 'Water is the best thing of all' - Pindar of Thebes, 476 BC: Water management by the Minoans, Mycenaeans, and Ancient Greeks, 1800-146 BC -- A watery paradise in Petra: The Nabataeans, masters of the desert, 300 BC-AD 106 -- Building rivers and taking baths: Rome and Constantinople, 400 BC-AD 800 -- A million men with teaspoons: Hydraulic engineering in Ancient China, 900 BC-AD 907 -- The hydraulic city: Water management by the kings of Angkor, AD 802-1327 -- Almost a civilisation: Hohokam irrigation in the American South-West, AD 1-1450 -- Life and death of the water lily monster: Water and the rise and fall of Mayan civilisation, 2000 BC-AD 1000 -- Water poetry in the Sacred Valley: Hydraulic engineering by the Incas, AD 1200-1572 -- An unquenched thirst: For water and for knowledge of the past.
Subject Water-supply -- History.
Water use -- History.
Water consumption -- History.
Civilization, Ancient.
Added Author Mithen, Sue.
Other Form: Online version: Mithen, Steven J. Thirst. Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, c2012 9780674072183 (OCoLC)819330029
ISBN 9780674066939 cloth alkaline paper
0674066936 cloth alkaline paper
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