Sumerians

A Captivating Guide to Ancient Sumerian History, Sumerian Mythology and the Mesopotamian Empire of the Sumer Civilization
Narrated by: Duke Holm
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: History, Ancient History
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Explore the captivating history of the Sumerians.

The sheer importance of Sumerian culture in regards to world culture as a whole is impossible to overstate. This civilization is single-handedly responsible for some of the most major innovations in nearly every field relevant to maintaining a civilized society - this includes religion, lawmaking, architecture, schooling, art, literature, and even entertainment.  

Naturally, most of what we see as negative aspects of society were established in ancient Sumer as well. There wasn’t an aspect of Sumerian life that wasn’t plagued with corruption or devastation of one form or another. In other words, the Sumerians gave us both the sublimity of faith and the rigidness of religious thought coupled with a desire for political supremacy. They gave us both the benevolent, caring monarchs and cruel, punishing tyrants; the educated child and the spoiled brat; the hard-working agrarian and the drunken reveler; and the epic empires as well as the pathetic remnants of them. The Sumerians did it all, and they did it first.  

Some of the topics and questions covered in this audiobook include: 

  • The ancient Sumerians in a nutshell
  • The social structure of ancient Sumerians
  • The religion and mythology of ancient Sumerians
  • The Sumerian kingdoms chronology
  • The everyday life of ancient Sumerians
  • Sumerian innovations
  • Sumerian culture
  • Sumerian “foreign policy”: relations with other nations
  • And a great deal more you don't want to miss out on!

Get the audiobook now to learn more about the Sumerians!

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Lots of information in short book

There is so much information throw at you that a second listen is needed to absorb it all. Only complaint is the pronunciation of many words is so off as to be annoying.

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Succinct and detailed

I know the history at times can be a bit dry and even a little problematic to follow certain peoples or timelines with all of its connections, this book was informative and succinct. 2 hours and 53 mins book with good general information.

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Not for beginners

To be blunt this book is not for beginners. It can present information in a manner hard to follow and with little context. That being said it is not bad per say and can be a useful in a supplementary sense for someone already familiar with early Sumerian history. I would recommend readers interested in ancient Sumer to read “Captivating History of Ur” before reading this book.

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Sumerians

This book was too short and did not do justice to the subject . I will not buy any more of this series. Much prefer Learning Company.

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How history should NOT be taught

Incredibly boring and useless... A big part of the audio book consists of meaningless listings of the names of rulers, or of simple listings of events without any explanation of their background. I hoped to gain some substantial knowledge about the life and culture of ancient sumerians. Instead I was bored to tears. The whole thing is reminiscent of a very badly constructed history lesson at school where a lazy teacher just writes names and dates on the board and expects you to memorize them without any context. What a waste of time and money.

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Good summary but weak connections and timeline.

The book presents fair amount of data, but with its short length, events, people and places are weakly connected. Each chapter shows different aspects of Sumerian civilization, but this organization difficults the understanding of the chronology.

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I was mainly intrested in the mythology of Sumer and wanted to see what was in common with old testament stories. Though the chapter was very short it served its purpose well. This book admits there is so much data about Sumer it would be too exhaustive to go into great detail on any subject. I like the fact the author mentioned the problems sudo science and sudo history "scholars" bring by interpreting tablets that are fragmented and missing large pieces.

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very I interesting

very interesting a d enjoyable. I learned an immense amount of cultural and governmental ideas. good to listen to with all those names

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Great information, strange pronunciation

The information and presentation is great and very informative. The reader is easy to understand and presents very well but pronounced a lot of words strangely, not just the Sumerian ones which are forgivable but some relatively common English words as well.

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a good over view, but dry.

worth the read, but mostly facts without the stories that allow for personal identification. Of course doesn't match with the biblical narratives of Ur or Mira.

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  • Bruno Timothy
  • 06-25-18

A brief overview.

This is great audible with materials searched with deep thinning, with the writing on the level of a master class. You can make this stuff up. I bought many books from Captivating History and all are fabulous.

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  • Mary Amelia
  • 06-25-18

The really interesting aspects.

Attractive book but not a very meaty history. Still not bad for the basics and definitely recommended for the person who love history....

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  • Rhys Wallace
  • 06-25-18

So I would recommend.

There is nothing wrong with this book other than the fact that this is a bit short. They give a very brief overview of the subject which leaves me wanting more. So I would recommend getting a standard size book on the subject and start by reading that.

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  • Fredrik Eklund
  • 06-24-18

This audible is a gift.

A great read for anyone who is seeking to learn about the ancient Sumerians. Written by one of the first archaeologists to dig in what was once Sumer.

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  • Ahamd Ali
  • 06-24-18

Great history and evaluation.

This unbelievable audible tells you just about everything possible about The Sumerian’s. It's a prodigious history: law, economics, trade, social wellness, family, relationships, education and much, much more.

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  • Cotham Mark
  • 06-24-18

Seems a bit stiff, but relevant.

Still the reference to learn about the Sumerians. Comprehensive, well written, educational and attractive for the readers.

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  • Mark Ashton
  • 06-24-18

This book contains a wealth of information.

The author is perceptibly a very intelligent man who has particular experience in Sumerian archaeology, so his accounts are from his own knowledge and not just random research. His writing is somewhat academic, and while I (as a lay reader) have found the book interesting and understandable, it may turn some casual readers off.

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  • Joe Cranston
  • 06-23-18

Nice to learn...

One of the oldest and most influential city of the history. Another great job by the Captivating History people helping make us more aware of the ancient past...