King Hammurabi of Babylon: A Biography / Edition 1

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In 1792, Hammurabi inherited the small territory of Babylon but by the end of his 43-year reign he had amalgamated the neighbouring city-states to produce a large, unified state. This is the first biography in English of the man that achieved this transformation. Known as a lawgiver, Hammurabi was also a talented diplomat, warrior, strategist and administrator whose conquests 'irrevocably changed the political organization of the Middle East'. In this biography, based on the extensive writings, and other sources, dating to Hammurabi's reign, Marc van de Mieroop discusses what these sources reveal about Hammurabi's events and achievements, but also about his character and attitudes towards justice and his people. Includes a useful glossary and a final chapter on how this biography was composed.
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“Van De Mieroop evokes vividly Hammurabi’s rise from one King among many to Lord of a territory stretching from the Gulf into Syria …. He succeeds in delineating Hammurabi’s remarkable achievements and providing glimpses of his personality.” Amelie Kuhrt, University College London

"In an age that featured aggressive militarism and shaky thrones, Hammurabi of Babylon forged clever alliances and practiced patient strategies. In these accessible and well-turned pages, Marc Van De Mieroop explains how Hammurabi created an empire through martial and administrative talents. But he also details another of Hammurabi's major achievements: sponsoring a law code that places him, along with Moses, as one of antiquity's greatest lawgivers. I recommend this book to one and all." Jack M. Sasson, Vanderbilt University

"Marc Van De Mieroop brings to history a flair for a story....Mieroop has delivered a readable history of a time strangely familiar as we watch modern Iraqis working towards hopefully, a similarly benign relationship." Insights

"This is an excellent book, also easily accessible for the uninitiated. It provides authoritative information on a ruler who was a conqueror, the ancient lawgiver ... One can only look forward to the future volumes in the series on the lives of great men and women of ancient times." Scholia Reviews

"Insofar as it is possible to write Hammurabi's story, Van De Mieroop has done so. Based as it is on a thorough knowledge of both long-known and recently published evidence, a solid acquaintance with the most up-to-date scholarship, and a historian's awareness of the varying reliability of the ancient sources, this book is an excellent account of a fascinating ruler, and as near to biography as one is going to get." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405126595
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Blackwell Ancient Lives Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Van De Mieroop is Professor of Ancient Near East History at Columbia University, New York. He has written numerous books and articles, including most recently A History of the Ancient Near East, c. 3000–323 BC (Blackwell Publishing, 2004).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.





1. The Early Years.

2. The Defeat of Elam.

3. The Annexation of Larsa.

4. The Overthrow of Eshnunna.

5. Supremacy in the North.

6. The Sack of Mari.

7. Governing the New State.

8. Hammurabi the Lawgiver.

9. Hammurabi's Character.

10.Hammurabi's Legacy.

11. On Writing's Hammurabi's Biography.




Guide to Further Reading.


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