The Greatness that was Babylon: A Sketch of the Ancient Civilization of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley
Excavations in Mesopotamia have revealed a large amount of new information relevant to the study of Babylonian civilization. The roots of much of western civilization lie in Babylonia the ancient civilization of south Iraq. Alexander the Great recognized the importance of its heritage and planned to make Babylon his world capital. The splendours and supposed wickedness of Babylon lived on in a tradition transmitted through the Bible and classical writers. The author aims here to reconstruct all aspects of this lost culture, presenting the Babylonians as living people -- showing their eating and drinking habits, their worship, their relationships and lifestyle and so present an integrated picture.
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administration Agade Akkadian amongst Aramaean Ashur Ashurbanipal Asia Minor Assyrian Assyrian army Babylon Babylonia Cassite century B.C. certainly Chaldaean city-state clay cult culture cuneiform death deity divine documents Early Dynastic east Egypt Egyptian Elam empire Enki Enlil Epic Erech Eridu Esarhaddon Euphrates evidence evil father Gilgamish goddess gods governor Halaf Hammurabi hand Hittite Hurrian Inanna incantation inscriptions Iraq Ishtar Isin Jemdet Nasr king kingdom kingship Kish known Lagash land Larsa later laws lord magical Marduk mentioned Mesopotamia military millennium B.C. myth Nabopolassar Nabu-na'id Nippur official Old Babylonian omens originally plate priest probably referred reign religion religious represented ritual royal ruler Sargon second millennium Semitic Shamash Shamshi-Adad silver slave Sumer Sumerian Sumerian King List Syria tablets tamkarum temple texts Third Dynasty third millennium Tiglath-Pileser Tigris Tilmun tion tomb trade tribes Ubaid Underworld Urartu Uruk Utnapishtim whilst Yasmah-Adad ziggurat