The city of Babylon : a history, c. 2000 BC-AD 116 / Stephanie Dalley, University of Oxford
- Dalley, Stephanie
- Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2021.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xxi, 375 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- Land and Peoples: an Introduction -- Discoveries and Excavations -- First Kings, to the Great Rebellion c.1894-1732 -- Law, Education, Literature: the path to supremacy -- From the Great Rebellion to the end of the First Dynasty c.1732-1592 -- The next 6 centuries: Kassite, Sealander, and Elamite kings: c.1593-979 -- In the Shadow of Assyria 978-625 -- Independence under soldier-kings, from Nabopolassar to Nebuchadnezzar II 625-562 -- Nabonidus, Cyrus II The Great, and Cambyses 556-522 -- Part 1 From Darius I to Darius III 521-331; part 2 Alexander III of Macedon, -- The Great, and Civil War 331-c.129; Part 3 Seleucus I to the First Parthian Conquest -- First Parthian Conquest 141 BC to the visit of Trajan in AD 116.
- The 2000-year story of Babylon sees it moving from a city-state to the centre of a great empire of the ancient world. It remained a centre of kingship under the empires of Assyria, Nebuchadnezzar, Darius, Alexander the Great, the Seleucids and the Parthians. Its city walls were declared to be a Wonder of the World while its ziggurat won fame as the Tower of Babel. Visitors to Berlin can admire its Ishtar Gate, and the supposed location of its elusive Hanging Garden is explained. Worship of its patron god Marduk spread widely while its well-trained scholars communicated legal, administrative and literary works throughout the ancient world, some of which provide a backdrop to Old Testament and Hittite texts. Its science also laid the foundations for Greek and Arab astronomy through a millennium of continuous astronomical observations. This accessible and up-to-date account is by one of the world's leading authorities.
- 9781316479728 (ebook)
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 23 Jun 2021).
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