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The Babylonians: An Introduction

Leick, Gwendolyn (2002) The Babylonians: An Introduction. Peoples of the Ancient World . Routledge, London; New York. ISBN 9780415253154/

Type of Research: Book
Creators: Leick, Gwendolyn

This survey shows the people of Babylon, from kings and merchants to women and slaves, and the social, historical, geographical and cultural context in which their extraordinary city flourished for so many millennia. It serves as an introduction to the Babylonians for both students and the interested general reader.

The Bible saw Babylon with only negative connotations, and while classical writers admired the city's size and splendour, they deplored some of its more unusual customs. More than any other ancient society, Babylon remained a symbol expressing a mistrust of urbanization. Whatever the perspective taken, for much of the world, the city of Babylon was representative of the whole of Mesopotamian civilization for many centuries. In more recent times, the finds of archaeologists have allowed us to build a more balanced picture of who the Babylonians were, what they contributed to the process of civilization, and what were their intellectual and spiritual preoccupations.

After a concise historical overview, a more specifically anthropological perspective is used to present the subjects of society and economy, religion and material culture, based on the evidence of archaeological discoveries and the richly diverse cuneiform sources.

Official Website: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415253154
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Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: September 2002
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 12:57
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 14:55
Item ID: 777
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/777

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