Babylon Paperback

Legend, History and the Ancient City

by Michael Seymour;


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Babylon

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Babylon: for eons its very name has been a byword for luxury and wickedness. 'By the rivers of Babylon we sat down and wept', wrote the psalmist, 'as we remembered Zion'. One of the greatest cities of the ancient world, Babylon has been eclipsed by its own sinful reputation. For two thousand years the real, physical metropolis lay buried while another, ghostly city lived on, engorged on accounts of its own destruction. More recently the site of Babylon has been the centre of major excavation, yet the spectacular results of this work have done little to displace the many other fascinating ways in which the city has endured and reinvented itself in culture. Saddam Hussein, for one, notoriously exploited the Babylonian myth to associate himself and his regime with its glorious past. Why has Babylon so creatively fired the human imagination, with results both good and ill? Why has it been so enthralling to so many, and for so long? In exploring answers, Michael Seymour's book ranges extensively over space and time and embraces art, archaeology, history and literature. From Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar, via Strabo and Diodorus, to the Book of Revelation, Brueghel, Rembrandt, Voltaire, William Blake and modern interpreters like Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and Gore Vidal, the author brings to light a carnival of disparate sources dominated by powerful and intoxicating ideas such as the Tower of Babel and the city of sin.

Babylon by Michael Seymour was published by I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd in August 2016. The ISBN for Babylon is 9781784536916.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd (August 2016)
Weight454g
Number of Pages304
Thickness25 mm
Height222 mm
Width140 mm
ISBN9781784536916
ISBN-101784536911
Product Code4457510
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