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For centuries, Babylon has been a symbol of the decadent city par excellence, signifying a deep mistrust of urbanization in general. In the Bible, the city has only negative connotations; and while later classical writers admired the city's size and splendour, they deplored some of its more unusual customs. Whatever the perspective taken, it was usual to take Babylon as stFor centuries, Babylon has been a symbol of the decadent city par excellence, signifying a deep mistrust of urbanization in general. In the Bible, the city has only negative connotations; and while later classical writers admired the city's size and splendour, they deplored some of its more unusual customs. Whatever the perspective taken, it was usual to take Babylon as standing for the whole of Mesopotamian civilization. The history of the Babylonians spans some 1800 years, from the time of Hammurabi, famous for his Law-Code, to the time when Alexander's heirs ruled the Near East. Archaeological discoveries and cuneiform tablets recovered from Babylonian cities allow us an impression of the Babylonian people and their society, their intellectual and spiritual preoccupations....

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ISBN : 9780415253154
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 182 Pages
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  • Bandit
    2019-06-18 17:01

    I have great interest in history, so I thought I'd be a good autodidact and check this out. This was very much a textbook type of education., densely packed with information and written in dispassionate academese. Those who like their history to be exciting and entertaining might be bored/exhausted by this one. However, it was very informative for such a slender volume and at no point (almost disappointingly so) given to speculation, just facts, facts, facts. I learned a decent amount about the subject, which was the point really.

  • NaomiRuth
    2019-06-07 16:40

    Loved it. Well-written, engaging, didn't want to put it down. Useful for class since we were just talking about Xenophon and the Battle of Cunaxa (by the Euphrates).

  • John
    2019-05-26 12:46

    An interesting book. This was a hard read. The information was rapid fire with little interpretation heavily reliant on cuneiform tablets. Not for the faint at heart.

  • Rick Davis
    2019-06-10 15:06

    This was a really fun book to read. It was very broad and general in its scope, but at the same time scholarly. It also has a great bibliography.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-06-16 16:09

    Nice little book about their history.

  • Thom Dunn
    2019-05-27 12:44

    Published first in 2003, a good place to start or start over, especially in re Babylonian gods.