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The greatness that was Babylon : a sketch of the ancient civilization of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley

Author: H W F Saggs
Publisher: New York : Hawthorn Books, 1962.
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Excavations in Mesopotamia have revealed a large amount of new information relevant to the study of Babylonian civilization. The roots of much of western civilization lie in Babylonia the ancient civilization of south Iraq. Alexander the Great recognized the importance of its heritage and planned to make Babylon his world capital. The splendours and supposed wickedness of Babylon lived on in a tradition transmitted  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Saggs, H.W.F.
Greatness that was Babylon.
New York, Hawthorn Books [1962]
(OCoLC)652060474
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H W F Saggs
OCLC Number: 913734
Description: xix, 562 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. General and political history. Mesopotamia before 2000 B.C. --
Babylonia and Assyria, circa 2000-1350 B.C. --
The rise of imperial Assyria --
Assyrian supremacy --
Neo-Babylonian empire ----
pt. 2. Social and cultural history. The foundations of Babylonian society and the Babylonian way of life --
Law and statecraft --
Administration --
Trade and economics --
Religion --
The king --
Literature --
Mathematics and astronomy ; medicine ; chemical technology ; art --
Legacy and survival.
Other Titles: Ancient civilization of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley
Responsibility: H.W.F. Saggs.

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Excavations in Mesopotamia have revealed a large amount of new information relevant to the study of Babylonian civilization. The roots of much of western civilization lie in Babylonia the ancient civilization of south Iraq. Alexander the Great recognized the importance of its heritage and planned to make Babylon his world capital. The splendours and supposed wickedness of Babylon lived on in a tradition transmitted through the Bible and classical writers. The author aims here to reconstruct all aspects of this lost culture, presenting the Babylonians as living people -- showing their eating and drinking habits, their worship, their relationships and lifestyle and so present an integrated picture.

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