The Babylonian World (The Routledge Worlds)
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The Babylonian World presents an extensive, up-to-date and lavishly illustrated history of the ancient state Babylonia and its 'holy city', Babylon.
Historicized by the New Testament as a centre of decadence and corruption, Babylon and its surrounding region was in fact a rich and complex civilization, responsible for the invention of the dictionary and laying the foundations of modern science. This book explores all key aspects of the development of this ancient culture, including the ecology of the region and its famously productive agriculture, its political and economic standing, its religious practices, and the achievements of its intelligentsia.
Comprehensive and accessible, this book will be an indispensable resource for anyone studying the period.
phases of Mesopotamian history. Lucia Mori draws on her research in a much more localized environment, the upper Euphrates valley which, though not within the ‘Babylonian heartland’, was for centuries closely connected politically and culturally with the Mesopotamian south, especially during the Old Babylonian period. The most important and richest archive of this era comes from the palace of Mari, situated in the Middle Euphrates region. The letters and documents of this collection provide
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(D.Phil. University of Berne, Switzerland) teaches Near Eastern Archaeology and Egyptology at universities in Denmark, Switzerland and France. A former director of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies in Sana’a, he has participated in archaeological ﬁeld work in France, Switzerland, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. His research interests centre on economics and politics in the ancient world, but also include religion, architecture, colour terminology, chronology and xx — Contributors —
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