March 5, 2017

Babylon: Legend, History and the Ancient City by Michael Seymour

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 global, Babylon has been eclipsed by means of its personal sinful recognition. for 2 thousand years the true, actual city lay buried whereas one other, ghostly urban lived on, engorged on bills of its personal destruction. extra lately the positioning of Babylon has been the centre of significant excavation: but the surprising result of this paintings have performed little displace the numerous different attention-grabbing ways that town has continued and reinvented itself in tradition. Saddam Hussein, for one, notoriously exploited the Babylonian fable to affiliate himself and his regime with its wonderful earlier. Why has Babylon so creatively fired the human mind's eye, with effects either reliable and sick? Why has it been so mesmerizing to such a lot of, and for therefore lengthy? In exploring solutions, Michael Seymour' s booklet levels widely over house and time and embraces paintings, archaeology, heritage and literature. From Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar, through Strabo and Diodorus, to the e-book of Revelation, Brueghel, Rembrandt, Voltaire, William Blake and glossy interpreters like Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and Gore Vidal, the writer brings to mild a carnival of disparate resources ruled by way of the strong and intoxicating concept of depravity. but beautiful as this darkish mythology used to be and has endured to be, at its root lies a impressive and complex imperial civilization whose advanced state-building, legislations- making and faith ruled Mesopotamia and past for millennia, sooner than its incorporation into the nonetheless wider empire of the Achaemenid kings.

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