Economy Ancient Mesopotamia

A general outline

Authored by: Johannes Renger

The Babylonian World

Print publication date:  August  2007
Online publication date:  June  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415353465
eBook ISBN: 9780203946237
Adobe ISBN: 9781134261284

10.4324/9780203946237.ch12

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Abstract

Ancient Mesopotamia’s economy was based agriculture with integrated animal husbandry. Manufacture and the production crafted goods were supplementary importance. For lack own resources, goods and materials necessary for the reproduction the society a whole had be obtained through longdistance trade from the outside world. This comprised tin and copper for the making bronze, iron, gold and silver for prestige articles, well for payments exchange, timber for use the construction ostentatious public buildings (temples and palaces), semi-precious and other stones for building and art purposes. The digging canals and the maintenance an extensive irrigation system that encompassed the entire alluvial plain, the building numerous public buildings and structures, the support a complex administration and army, were only possible thanks the surplus production agriculture and animal husbandry.

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