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A History of Babylon, 2200 BC - AD 75

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Provides a new narrative history of the ancient world, from the beginnings of civilization in the ancient Near East and Egypt to the fall of Constantinople

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.

Paul-Alain Beaulieu, PhD, is Professor of Assyriology at the University of Toronto. He is the author of several articles and books on the history and culture of Babylonia, as well as the greater spectrum of Mesopotamian history. He has been teaching Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern History for more than twenty years.

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List of Illustrations xii

List of Tables xiv

List of Maps xvi

Preface xvii

List of Abbreviations xix

Author's Note xx

1 Introductory Concerns 1

1.1 Assyriology and the Writing of History 3

1.1.1 Cuneiform Texts as Historical Sources 4

1.2 Historical Science and the Handling of Sources 17

1.3 Chronology 20

2 The Sumero?-Akkadian Background 24

2.1 Babylonia as Geographic Unit 24

2.2 The Natural Environment 25

2.3 The Neolithic Revolution 28

2.4 The Ubaid Period (65004000) 29

2.5 The Uruk Period (40003100) 30

2.6 The Jemdet Nasr Period (31002900) 31

2.7 The Early Dynastic Period (29002350) 34

2.7.1 The State of Lagash 38

2.7.2 Babylon in the Early Dynastic Period 40

2.8 The Sargonic (Old Akkadian) and Gutian Periods (ca. 23342113) 41

2.8.1 Akkadian and Sumerian Linguistic Areas 42

2.8.2 The Early Sargonic Period (ca. 23342255) 44

2.8.3 The Classical Sargonic Period (ca. 22542193) 46

2.8.4 Babylon in the Sargonic Period 50

2.8.5 The Late Sargonic (ca. 21932154) and Gutian Periods (ca. 21532113) 51

2.9 The Third Dynasty of Ur (21122004) 52

2.9.1 King of Sumer and Akkad 53

2.9.2 Shulgi's Babylonia 54

2.9.3 Failure of the Ur III State 56

2.9.4 Babylon during the Ur III Period 57

3 The Rise of Babylon 60

3.1 The First Dynasty of Isin (20171794) 62

3.2 The Amorites 64

3.2.1 Amorite Genealogies and Histories 66

3.3 Date Lists and King Lists of Babylon I 68

3.4 Elusive Beginnings 69

3.5 Sumu?-la?-el (18801845) 70

3.5.1 The Letter of Anam and the Babylon?-Uruk Alliance 71

3.6 Half a Century of Stability (18441793) 72

3.6.1 The Battle for Kazallu 74

3.6.2 The Apex of Larsa 75

3.7 Hammu?-rabi (17921750) 76

3.7.1 In the Shadow of Samsi?-Addu (17921775) 77

3.7.2 Eshnunna's Bid for Hegemony (17721770) 79

3.7.3 A Fragile Equilibrium (17691766) 80

3.7.4 The Elamite Intervention and its Aftermath (17661764) 82

3.7.5 Showdown with Larsa (17641763) 83

3.7.6 The Capture and Sack of Mari (17611759) 85

3.7.7 Towards an Empire (17591750) 85

3.7.8 The Code of Hammu?-rabi 86

3.7.9 Hammu?-rabi as Administrator 92

4 Decline of the First Dynasty 97

4.1 The Reign of Samsu?-iluna (17491712) 97

4.1.1 The Rebellion of Rim?-Sin II (17421740) 99

4.1.2 The Rebellion of Rim?-Anum (17421740) 100

4.1.3 The Invasion of the Kassites (1742) 101

4.1.4 Samsu?-iluna Strikes Back 101

4.1.5 Sargonic Reveries 102

4.1.6 Loss of Southern Babylonia 103

4.1.7 Northern Exertions 104

4.1.8 Loss of Central Babylonia and Rise of the Sealand 108

4.1.9 From Sumerian to Akkadian Literature 108

4.1.10 Samsu?-iluna as Administrator and Legislator 109

4.2 The Last Century of Babylon I (17111595) 111

4.2.1 Abi?-eshuh (17111684) 111

4.2.2 Ammi?-ditana (16831647) 113

4.2.3 Ammi?-saduqa (16461626) 114

4.2.4 Samsu?-ditana (16251595) 117

4.2.5 The City of Babylon during the First Dynasty 119

5 Kassite Ascendancy 122

5.1 The Kassites as Linguistic and Cultural Group 122

5.2 The Early Kassite Period (1595ca. 1400) 125

5.2.1 The Texts from Tell Muhammad 125

5.2.2 The Early Kassite Rulers (Sixteenth Century) 127

5.2.3 The First Dynasty of the Sealand (ca. 17251475) 129

5.2.4 The Reunification of Babylonia 131

5.3 Kassite Babylonia: The Documentary Evidence 132

5.3.1 A New Source: The Kudurrus 133

5.4 Karduniash: A New Babylonia 135

5.4.1 Kurigalzu I 137

5.4.2 Dur?-Kurigalzu: A Kassite Royal Residence 137


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Titre: A History of Babylon, 2200 BC - AD 75
Code EAN: 9781119459118
ISBN: 978-1-119-45911-8
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Editeur: Wiley-Blackwell
Genre: Antiquité
nombre de pages: 312
Parution: 06.12.2017
Année: 2017
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 11.7 MB