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A History of Babylon: 2200 BC–AD 75
Beaulieu, Paul-Alain

Medford, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018 pp. xx + 289. $99.95

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Blackwell History of the Ancient World


Description: Written by an expert in the field, this book presents a narrative history of Babylon from the time of its First Dynasty (1880-1595) until the last centuries of the city’s existence during the Hellenistic and Parthian periods (ca. 331-75 AD). Unlike other texts on Ancient Near Eastern and Mesopotamian history, it offers a unique focus on Babylon and Babylonia, while still providing readers with an awareness of the interaction with other states and peoples. Organized chronologically, it places the various socio-economic and cultural developments and institutions in their historical context. The book also gives religious and intellectual developments more respectable coverage than books that have come before it. A History of Babylon, 2200 BC – AD 75 teaches readers about the most important phase in the development of Mesopotamian culture. The book offers in-depth chapter coverage on the Sumero-Addadian Background, the rise of Babylon, the decline of the first dynasty, Kassite ascendancy, the second dynasty of Isin, Arameans and Chaldeans, the Assyrian century, the imperial heyday, and Babylon under foreign rule. Focuses on Babylon and Babylonia Written by a highly regarded Assyriologist Part of the very successful Histories of the Ancient World series An excellent resource for students, instructors, and scholars A History of Babylon, 2200 BC - AD 75 is a profound text that will be ideal for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses on Ancient Near Eastern and Mesopotamian history and scholars of the subject.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Mesopotamian Literature, Babylonian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History

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Review by Rannfrid I. Thelle
Published 10/24/2019
Citation: Rannfrid I. Thelle, review of Paul-Alain Beaulieu, A History of Babylon: 2200 BC–AD 75, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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