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Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction

Trevor Bryce

September 2016

ISBN: 9780198726470

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The history of Ancient Babylonia in ancient Mesopatamia is epic. Trevor Bryce offers an exploration of the rich world of Babylonia, providing insight into the intricacies of this ancient civilization and its important social, historical, and cultural legacies.

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The history of Ancient Babylonia in ancient Mesopatamia is epic. Trevor Bryce offers an exploration of the rich world of Babylonia, providing insight into the intricacies of this ancient civilization and its important social, historical, and cultural legacies.

  • Offers a concise introduction to the history and civilization of Babylonia
  • Explores how the Babylonians lived and thought, and how their fears, frustrations, hopes, and achievements are communicated across the centuries
  • Uses ancient sources to describe the Babylonians in their own words
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Trevor Bryce, University of Queensland

Trevor Bryce is a renowned and decorated scholar on ancient civilizations, and is currently an Honorary Professor of the University of Queensland, and an Emeritus Professor of the University of New England. He has held Visiting Fellowships or Scholarships at The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (USA), Wolfson College, Oxford (UK), Australian National University, and Macquarie University (Australia). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA), and was awarded an Australian Centenary medal for services to History. He has written numerous articles and books on the ancient world, including several for OUP, such as Life and Society in the Hittite World (2005), and Ancient Syria (2014).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:The Old Babylonian Period
    2:Babylonian Society through the perspective of Hammurabi's Laws
    3:Old Babylonian Cities
    4:The Kassites
    5:Writing, Scribes and Literature
    6:The Long Interlude
    7:The Neo-Babylonian Empire
    8:Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon
    9:In the Aftermath
    Appendix: Astrology and astronomy
    Chronology of major events, periods, and rulers
    Further Reading
    References
    Index

Reviews

"Introductory, readable, no footnotes. Excellent for the general reader seeking a starting point." - Ancient East & West

"Fast-paced and gripping, written by a master scholar, this is a sweeping yet concentrated history of Babylon and Babylonia in the full context of the ancient Near East, from Sumerians to Romans. Jam-packed with details, maps, and interesting information, from Hammurabi's Law Code to Nebuchadnezzar's Ishtar Gate and beyond, this brief volume is well worth reading and rereading!" - Eric H. Cline, George Washington University