Leick, Gwendolyn (2007) The Babylonian World. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-35346-5
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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. It is a volume of 38 essays, conceived and edited by Gwendolyn Leick.
The Babylonian World at the beginning of third millennium AD, as seen through the eyes of the leading specialists in the field, brings into focus areas of concern typical for our time: ecology, productivity, power relations, economics, epistemology, scientific paradigms, complexity.
The general division of the volume proceeds from the general ‘hard facts’ - geography, ecology, material culture to the ‘software’ provided primarily by cuneiform tablets, our richest source of information and at a time when archaeological research in Iraq continues to be practically impossible, the only current opportunity for new insights. The majority of the articles are based on primary epigraphic research.
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.
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1. Introduction Gwendolyn Leick
Part 1: Land and Land Use
Part 3: Economic Life
Part 4: Society and Politics
Part 5: Religion
Part 6: Intellectual Life: Cuneiform Writing and Learning
Part 7: International Relations: Babylonia and the Ancient Near Eastern World
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