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Introduction 1: The Old Babylonian Period 2: Babylonian Society through the perspective of Hammurabi's Laws 3: Old Babylonian Cities 4: The Kassites 5: Writing, Scribes and Literature 6: The Long Interlude 7: The Neo-Babylonian Empire 8: Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon 9: In the Aftermath Appendix: Astrology and astronomy Chronology of major events, periods, and rulers Further Reading References Index

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Trevor Bryce is a renowned and decorated scholar on ancient civilizations, and is currently an Honorary Professor of the University of Queensland, and an Emeritus Professor of the University of New England. He has held Visiting Fellowships or Scholarships at The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (USA), Wolfson College, Oxford (UK), Australian National University, and Macquarie University (Australia). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA), and was awarded an Australian Centenary medal for services to History. He has written numerous articles and books on the ancient world, including several for OUP, such as Life and Society in the Hittite World (2005), and Ancient Syria (2014).


Fast-paced and gripping, written by a master scholar, this is a sweeping yet concentrated history of Babylon and Babylonia in the full context of the ancient Near East, from Sumerians to Romans. Jam-packed with details, maps, and interesting information, from Hammurabi's Law Code to Nebuchadnezzar's Ishtar Gate and beyond, this brief volume is well worth reading and rereading! * Eric H. Cline, George Washington University *

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