New PDF release: Babylon: Legend, History and the Ancient City

By Michael Seymour

Babylon: for eons its very identify has been a byword for luxurious and wickedness. 'By the rivers of Babylon we sat down and wept', wrote the psalmist, 'as we remembered Zion'. one of many maximum towns of the traditional international, Babylon has been eclipsed by way of its personal sinful popularity. for 2 thousand years the genuine, actual city lay buried whereas one other, ghostly urban lived on, engorged on money owed of its personal destruction. extra lately the positioning of Babylon has been the centre of significant excavation: but the outstanding result of this paintings have performed little displace the numerous different interesting ways that town has persevered and reinvented itself in tradition. Saddam Hussein, for one, notoriously exploited the Babylonian fable to affiliate himself and his regime with its excellent previous. Why has Babylon so creatively fired the human mind's eye, with effects either reliable and ailing? Why has it been so mesmerizing to such a lot of, and for therefore lengthy? In exploring solutions, Michael Seymour' s publication levels widely over house and time and embraces paintings, archaeology, historical past and literature. From Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar, through Strabo and Diodorus, to the publication of Revelation, Brueghel, Rembrandt, Voltaire, William Blake and sleek interpreters like Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and Gore Vidal, the writer brings to gentle a carnival of disparate resources ruled through the strong and intoxicating proposal of depravity. but eye-catching as this darkish mythology used to be and has persisted to be, at its root lies a extraordinary and complicated imperial civilization whose complicated state-building, legislation- making and faith ruled Mesopotamia and past for millennia, earlier than its incorporation into the nonetheless wider empire of the Achaemenid kings.

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