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Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction [#480]
Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction [#480]
  • Offers a concise introduction to the history and civilization of Babylonia
  • Explores how the Babylonians lived and thought, and how their fears, frustrations, hopes, and achievements are communicated across the centuries
  • Uses ancient sources to describe the Babylonians in their own words

The history of Ancient Babylonia in ancient Mesopatamia is epic. After playing host to three great empires, the Hammurabic and Kassite empires, and the Neo-Babylonian Empire ruled by Nebuchadnezzar, it was conquered by the Persians. Entered triumphantly by Alexander the Great, it later provided the setting for the Conquerer's deathbed. Squabbled over by his heirs, Babylonia was subsequently dominated by the Parthian and Roman empires.
In this Very Short Introduction, Trevor Bryce takes us on a journey of more than 2,000 years across the history and civilization of ancient Babylonia, from the emergence of its chief city, Babylon, as a modest village on the Euphrates in the 3rd millennium BC through successive phases of triumph, decline, and resurgence until its royal capital faded into obscurity in the Roman imperial era. Exploring key historical events as well as the day-to-day life of an ancient Babylonian, Bryce provides a comprehensive guide to one of history's most profound civilizations. 


1: The Old Babylonian Period
2: Babylonian Society through the perspective of Hammurabi's Laws
3: Old Babylonian Cities
4: The Kassites
5: Writing, Scribes and Literature
6: The Long Interlude
7: The Neo-Babylonian Empire
8: Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon
9: In the Aftermath
Appendix: Astrology and astronomy
Chronology of major events, periods, and rulers
Further Reading

About the author: 

Trevor Bryce, University of Queensland
Trevor Bryce is a renowned and decorated scholar on ancient civilizations, and is currently an Honorary Professor of the University of Queensland, and an Emeritus Professor of the University of New England. He has held Visiting Fellowships or Scholarships at The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (USA), Wolfson College, Oxford (UK), Australian National University, and Macquarie University (Australia). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA), and was awarded an Australian Centenary medal for services to History. He has written numerous articles and books on the ancient world, including several for OUP, such as Life and Society in the Hittite World (2005), andAncient Syria (2014).

"Introductory, readable, no footnotes. Excellent for the general reader seeking a starting point." - Ancient East & West

"Fast-paced and gripping, written by a master scholar, this is a sweeping yet concentrated history of Babylon and Babylonia in the full context of the ancient Near East, from Sumerians to Romans. Jam-packed with details, maps, and interesting information, from Hammurabi's Law Code to Nebuchadnezzar's Ishtar Gate and beyond, this brief volume is well worth reading and rereading!" - Eric H. Cline, George Washington University

Product details

ISBN : 9780198726470

Trevor Bryce
160 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Sep 2016
Very Short Introductions
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Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction [#480]

Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction [#480]

Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction [#480]