Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization

Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization

by Paul Kriwaczek


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Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization by Paul Kriwaczek

The ancient world comes alive in this sweeping history of the city that laid the foundation for modern civilization.


Babylon tells the story of Mesopotamia from the earliest settlements seven thousand years ago to the eclipse of Babylon in the sixth century BCE. Bringing to vibrant life the people of this land, the author chronicles the rise and fall of Mesopotamian civilization, from its political and social systems to its technical and cultural innovations. At the heart of this book is the story of Babylon, which rose to prominence under the Amorite king Hammurabi from about 1800 BCE. Although Babylon's fortunes waxed and waned, it has never lost its allure as the ancient world’s greatest city. Compelling and detailed, this book will fascinate history lovers and those interested in ancient civilizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250000071
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.52(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

PAUL KRIWACZEK was the head of Central Asian Affairs at the BBC's World Service. He is the author of Yiddish Civilisation, which was shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Award, as well as In Search of Zarathustra.

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