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1st Edition

The Babylonian World

Edited By

Gwendolyn Leick

ISBN 9780415497831
Published January 1, 2009 by Routledge
616 Pages

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Book Description

The Babylonian World presents an extensive, up-to-date and lavishly illustrated history of the ancient state Babylonia and its 'holy city', Babylon.

Historicized by the New Testament as a centre of decadence and corruption, Babylon and its surrounding region was in fact a rich and complex civilization, responsible for the invention of the dictionary and laying the foundations of modern science.  This book explores all key aspects of the development of this ancient culture, including the ecology of the region and its famously productive agriculture, its political and economic standing, its religious practices, and the achievements of its intelligentsia.

Comprehensive and accessible, this book will be an indispensable resource for anyone studying the period.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Gwendolyn Leick  Part 1: Land and Land Use  2. Babylonian Countrysides Seth Richardson  3. Land and Land Use: The Middle Euphrates Valley Lucia Mori  4. Agricultural Techniques Blahoslav Hruska  5. Urban Form in the First Millennium Heather Baker  Part 2: Material Culture  6. Architecture in the Old Babylonian Period Harriet Crawford  7. Babylonian Seals Dominique Collon  8. Babylonian Sources of Exotic Raw Materials Daniel Potts  9. Cloth in the Babylonian World Irene Good  10. The Babylonian Visual Image Zainab Bahrani  11. Food and Drink in Babylonia Frances Reynolds  Part 3: Economic Life  12. Economy of Ancient Mesopotamia: A General Outline Johannes Renger  13. The Old Babylonian Economy Anne Goodderies  14. Aspects of Society and Economy in the later Old Babylonian Period Franz van Koppen  15. The Babylonian Economy in the First Millennium BC Michael Jursa  16. The Egibi Family Cornelia Wunsch  Part 4: Society and Politics  17. Social Configurations in Early Dynastic Babylonia (c. 2500–2334 B.C.) Petr Charvat  18. Palace and the Temple in Babylonia Walther Sallaberger  19. Power, Economy and Social Organization in Babylonia Gebhard Selz  20.  Arameans and Chaldeans: Environment and Society Frederick M. Fales  21. Women and Gender in Babylonia Laura Steele  Part 5: Religion  22. The Role and Function of Goddesses in Mesopotamia Brigitte Groneberg  23.   Inanna and Ishtar in the Babylonian World Joan Goodnick Westenholz  24.  The Babylonian god Marduk Takayoshi Oshima  25. Divination Culture and Handling of the Future Stefan Maul  26. Witchcraft  Literature in Mesopotamia Tzvi Abush  Part 6: Intellectual Life: Cuneiform Writing and Learning  27.  Incantations within Akkadian Medical Texts Mark Geller  28. Writing, Sending, and Reading Letters in the Amorite World Dominique Charpin  29.  Mathematics, Metrology, and Professional Numeracy Eleanor Robson  30. Babylonian Lexical Lists John Taylor  31.  Gilgamesh and the Literary Traditions of Ancient Mesopotamia Andrew George  32. Babylonian Astral Science David Brown  33.  Omens Concerned with Human Behaviour Ann Guinan  34. Late Babylonian Intellectual Life Paul-Alain Beaulieu  Part 7: International Relations: Babylonia and the Ancient Near Eastern World  35. Egypt and Babylon David Warburton  36. A View from Hattusa Trevor Bryce  37. Babylonian Relations with the Levant during the Kassite Period Petrus van Vermaak  38. Looking down the Tigris: The Interrelations between Assyria and Babylonia Hannes D. Galter  39. The View from Jerusalem: Biblical Responses to the Babylonian Presence Baruch Levine  40. Babylonia and Persia Amélie Kuhrt

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Gwendolyn Leick is presently senior lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design. A specialist in the Ancient Near East, she has published extensively on the topic, including The Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Architecture and Who's Who in the Ancient Near East.