Originally published in 1962 by Macmillan under the title The Greatness That Was Babylon. This Folio Society edition is based on the second edition from 1988, with minor emendations. Introduced by T.G.H. James. Art by Simon Noyes. Maps by Reginald Piggott....
|Title||:||The Greatness That Was Babylon: A Survey of the Ancient Civilization of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley|
|Number of Pages||:||487 Pages|
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The Greatness That Was Babylon: A Survey of the Ancient Civilization of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley Reviews
First, let's start with the fact that this is a Folio Society edition. That equates to one simple fact...if public transit is crowded and there's only one seat left, I get the seat. Because my book is superior to those flimsy paperbacks and Mc-eBooks. Bow down to my book. No, don't even look at it. The paper is real. The spine is real. The cover is real. It's real. Kneel!We have given you kingship over everythingMesopotamia comes alive in this classic history of the people who built those cool ziggurats. The myths, the literature, the wars, the gardens, the religions...they're all brought to life with knowledge (and opinions) by Saggs. That seat is mine.Book Season = Summer (feel the heat)
H.W.F. Saggs' "The Babylonians" is an excellent primer for anyone interested in the civic, economic, historical, linguistic, literary, political, or religious influence that the Babylonian civilization has had upon European culture. Well-researched and readable, Saggs' volume helps both the layman and the student of Mesopotamia orient themselves in the place and time of the ancient Babylonian people from the secon and first millenium BCE. Offering a concise, but informative overview of Babylonian origins among the non-Semitic Sumerians, their struggle for freedom against mountainous tribal invaders and the imperial nation of Assyria, and their ultimate legacy among the Greek, Roman, and European civilizations, "The Babylonians" is an excellent historical work detailing one of mankind's greatest cultures."The Babylonians" is told in four parts, each subdivided into a number of smaller chapters outlining specific elements.The first six chapters are all straight-forward history, beginning with an overview of the various chronologies used by archaeologists, and exploring the origins of Mesopotamian civilization. The text proper begins with an overview of the prehistoric Sumerians, the early Akkadian dynasty which followed them, and the short, but vital, Sumerian Renaissance that closed out the third millenium BC. After laying this foundation Saggs jumps straight away into the dual rise of Babylon and Assyria in southern and northern Mesopotamia, respectively. The primary focus of these middle chapters being military campaigns, empire buildings, and the advancement of architectural techniques. The first third of the study concludes with the collapse of Babylon under Assyrian might, and the subsequent resurgence of the Babylonian way of life under the guidance and power of the Chaldean empire, before the incursion of the Persian army.Part two details the real meat and potatoes of life in the Babylonian empire, with chapters seven through ten turning the focus from outward expansion, to inward stability as Saggs presents a general overview of civic, economic, and political atmosphere of the Babylonian empire. Saggs touches on the life of a slave, a common laborer, a merchant, a student of the scribal school, as well as lawyers, wardens,and governors of a city-state, all while detailing the complex division of labor that supported the Babylonian empire for so many thousands of years. Saggs' subsequent study of the economy of Babylon delves into trade, laying the foundation for theories on how Mesopotamian culture and beliefs may have traveled north into Anatolia and Greece, from whence they reached the rest of the modern world. Once more Saggs takes his time to explain the intricacies of the Babylonian way of life, but never loses the interest of the reader.Part three presents an overview of Babylonian theology, with a focus on the life of temple servants and priests. Explored in chapters eleven and twelve, Saggs begins with a scholarly overview of the pantheon of Babylon, extrapolating the genealogy of Mesopotamia's gods and goddesses as it was understood in the epic narrative Enuma Elish (the Babylonian creation myth). From there Saggs segues into practices of animism, magic, and sorcery as understood in the Babylonian mind. This section is particularly interesting as it presents a number of theories on the origins of deities and their evolution as mankind conquered the natural world around him. Part three ends with a comprehensive overview of temple life in Babylon, detailing the role of the King in religious rites, the power and sphere of influence of the High Priest and High Priestess, and even the tasks and daily functions of priests, poets, singers, physicians, and exorcists.The fourth and final part, filling the final two chapters of the volume, explores art, literature, science, and the legacy of the Babylonian people. Working primarily from Cuneiform tablets and monumental architecture, the volume concludes with a wonderful study of the Babylonian worldview and understanding of their place in the cosmos. Covering epic mythology, praise-songs and hymns, medical and anatomical studies, astronomy and astrology, and the first historical records, the conclusion of Saggs' efforts brings into stark contrast the great heights to which the Babylonians rose, and the depths to which they fell, such that modern archaeology was, for so long, under the erroneous impression that the Babylonians were a civilization of hedonistic miscreants. Saggs does well to dispel that illusion by the final page of his volume.
Very solid history of quite a long time period (focusing on roughly 2300-500 BC). It's a complete history, unlike the Egyptian history also in this folio series, with very interesting chapters on magic and religion, science, and literature, for example.It felt a bit rushed at times but mostly because there is so much to cover; I'm looking forward to picking up some more specialist works to complement what I found interesting in this excellent generalist one.
كتاب لاباس به...صعب للمبتدئين مثلي في تاريخ بابل...ليس لدي اي خلفية حول تاريخ بابل ولهذا كان صعب استيعاب الحزمات التاريخية والمصطلحات جميعها بالانكليزي....وماصعب الامر اكثر هو تركي للكتاب مدة طويلة.عموما اسلوب الكتاب علمي بحت...استطعت رسم صورة مبسطة ومعلومات بسيطة ستساعدني انشاء الله عندما اقرا كتاب اخر عن بابل...(ولكن حسيت بسعادة في اخر نصف صفحة حيث ذكر الكاتب البريطاني (بروفيسور)"ان جميع ماتعلمناه من تقدم وحضارة لم يكن اصلهة الروم كما توقعنة بل اصلهة حضارة بابل في بلاد مابين النهرين"
Amazing history of Mesopotamia from the earliest days of civilization through the fall of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. After a historical overview, the author examines things like religion, government, and daily life in some detail.
Much of the world as we know it starts here.
Clean, comprehensible writing. Nice pictures, many in color. Scholarly but not dry.
Ancient history that had major influence on us today! This was fascinating history. It is amazing to me how their myths ended up years later in the Bible.