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Babylon First published: London: Atlantic Books, 2010. Full description

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  • Relié: 320 pages
  • Editeur : Thomas Dunne Books (27 mars 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1250000076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250000071
  • Dimensions du produit: 16,5 x 2,9 x 24,4 cm
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The author is no doubt re-cycling information and knowledge that is well known to the specialists, but for everyone else this book is a pearl of elucidation on all that is Sumerian and Akkadian in Mesopotamia.

It comes also with the occasional touch of humour and insight into possible human motives and behaviour that alert the reader to the fact that the lives and times of these peoples from 3--10,000 years ago grappled with existential problems by innovating tools and techniques which are still the basis of our societies today.
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Very well written, the subject is fascinating. I did not know that much about Mesopotamia before reading this book, especially taht they had tried so many different systems or that they were so closely related to our present day ideas, techniques and myths.
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34 internautes sur 34 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great introduction for an educated, but non-expert audience. 6 septembre 2012
Par M. Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The author uses a 'popular documentary' style, switching between current events/recent history, myths and stories, and the real meat of the book -- the history of ancient Sumeria and the Babylonians who followed them. I'd been searching for just such a book for quite a while. He makes a special effort to recreate a vivid sense of what life was like and discusses theories of how their first brilliant inventions were conceived and developed. The civilization is pretty much in full swing when he begins -- he does not spend much time in the development of agriculture, but still gives a brief overview of development from hunter-gathering, pastoralism, and early village life to full-blown urban civilization. I highly recommend the book.
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Deep time civilization 28 juin 2012
Par Massimo Pigliucci - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"The land extended and the people multiplied / The land was bellowing like a bull / The god was disturbed by their uproar / Enlil heard their noise / And addressed the great gods / 'The noise of mankind has become too intense for me / With their uproar I am deprived of sleep.'" This is the beginning of the explanation of the Great Flood of biblical recounting, found in an Akkadian writing dating to 1600 BCE. Apparently, the "real" reason for the flood (which was initiated by a minor god) was that humans were making too much noise! If you live in a modern city where everyone talks loudly on phones that are arguably smarter than their owners to someone else while blithely ignoring their companions nearby, you may sympathize. This story is one of many to be found in Kriwaczek's book on the origin of Babylonian civilization, a dramatic human story unfolding from roughly 4000 BCE to the conquest of Babylon by the Persian emperor Cyrus in 539 BCE. While following Kriwaczek in this exploration you will glean here and there how life was in Ur, Babylon and other places that played a crucial role in human history. You will be surprised to find about the high degree of multicultural diversity of the Babylonian and Assyrian dominions, not to mention their practice of quite advanced forms of capitalism all those millennia ago (a capitalism that, interestingly, seemed to have had the same advantages and drawbacks of our own: it generated a vibrant economy, but it also increased inequality). Kriwaczek's writing is not always engaging, there are a bit too many parochial references to British archeologists and historians, and at times he tries too hard to describe local life at the time in a personalized way that surely relies more on imagination than on the actual record. And I have no idea what to make of his bizarre mention, right at the end, of the historical-mathematical work of one Cesare Marchetti. Nonetheless, this is a good read, which will help you appreciate just how recursive history is, and how profound the impact of those people long gone has been and still is on most of those who followed, from Jews to Greeks to modern Middle Easterners.
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Finally, the best synthesist work on Mesopotamian antiquity! 16 septembre 2012
Par Joel Marcus Johnson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I won't suggest that I've been a slouch in my scholarship, for I am a learning addict. But in recent years, with added teaching responsibilities for grad students and mid-life back-to-school types, the challenge has been wonderful. In Assyriology, over the decades I have kept up with the literature, and with such luminaries as Thorkild Jacobsen and Gwendolyn Leick. Susan Wise Bauer's "History of the Ancient World" I have previously promoted. My current rave is Paul Kriwaczek's "Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization." Paul has been BBC's Near Eastern correspondent for some decades and so has a deep understanding of literature and place - place being the important word. Having visited the ancient sites the rest of us read about abstractly, he has the intimacy of archaeological literary tourism. It has put him in a position to synthesize the works of our scholars and diggers, to give us a portrait of life from Uruk to Nineveh to the several Babylons. It's a real wrist breaker - finally, a book on Mesopotamian antiquity which I can recommend to doctoral candidates in other fields.
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Finally, a truly readable account of this fundamentally important area of ancient history 28 mars 2013
Par Neil Bell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As an interested layman I have always known that Ancient Mesopotamia was hugely important in the development of "civilisation", but have generally found the history of the period to be inaccessible to casual curiosity, with no middle-ground between the most superficial of accounts in general works and the specialist treatments, the latter being so dense and turgid as to be almost unreadable. At last, here is a relatively concise history of the entire period that reads as easily as a good novel while simultaneously incorporating the latest research. The author's own imaginative interaction with and enthusiasm for the culture helps to carry the story along while remaining on the right side of objectivity. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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Good summary for the non-scholar 20 avril 2014
Par Triakel - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The history of Mesopotamia is a subject in which I've long had interest, but little education. I knew about the "Fertile Crescent" and had impressions from church and youthful Bible study. But I didn't know my Assyrians from my Amorites, my Akkadians from my Elamites. I didn't know anything about Ur (except that Abraham purportedly hailed fro there) or Uruk (arguably the first city to exist). I also didn't know what these cultures valued, believed, or of the little ways in which these rich cultures contributed to the civilizations that came after. They had myths, gods, commerce, agriculture, writing, political sophistication, and (beautiful) poetry, long before such things were recorded elsewhere. This book is a fantastic introduction to Mesopotamian history, and the kingdom best known to most of us -- Babylon. It also helps explain who these peoples may actually have been, as opposed to how they have been represented during the intervening centuries.
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