The greatness that was Babylon : a sketch of the ancient civilization of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley / H.W.F. Saggs.


New York : Hawthorn Books, 1962.

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Other Title Ancient civilization of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley
Subjects Babylonia -- History.
Civilization, Assyro-Babylonian.
Description xix, 562 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date 1962.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 505-530) and index.
Summary 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.
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 ---- part 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.
Genre History.
Geographic Area Iraq
Network Numbers (OCoLC)913734
(OCoLC)ocm00913734
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Saggs, H. W. F.
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