Images of Nebuchadnezzar: The Emergence of a Legend

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Susquehanna University Press, 2004 - History - 175 pages
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Images of Nebuchadnezzar attempts to probe the diversity of cultural attitudes reflected in the characterizations of this famous king through an examination of both the original cuneiform sources as well as the accounts of chronographers written in Greek, Roman, and medieval times. Included in this revised and expanded second edition are two new chapters that examine both Nebuchadnezzar's administrative policies and the impact that his death had on both contemporary and later cultures. Both the positive and negative images of the king are explored, with conclusions being developed as to what the authors of the various surviving accounts actually thought the king really was. In the process, the whole nature of historiography in the ancient world is analyzed, and a number of broad conclusions are developed. Unfortunately, much of the record of Nebuchadnezzar's achievements that was written in his own time has not survived. Instead, only secondary accounts of his military campaigns or his construction projects in Babylon written in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, or Arabic are available for analysis. These stories vary greatly in content and emphasis. This book attempts to resolve the diverse c
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Cuneiform Sources
13
The Classical Medieval and Hebrew Sources
21
Nebuchadnezzar the Destroyer
47
Nebuchadnezzar the Builder
63
Nebuchadnezzar the Administrator
83
The Myth of Nebuchadnezzar
97
The Death of Nebuchadnezzar and Its Aftermath
109
Concluding Remarks
125
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