In Search of the First Empires

  title={In Search of the First Empires},
  author={J. Nicholas Postgate},
  journal={Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research},
  pages={1 - 13}
  • J. Postgate
  • Published 1 February 1994
  • History
  • Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
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