The Rise and Fall of Babylon: Gateway of the GodsHardback
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- Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
- Format: Hardback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 194mm x 254mm x 26mm | 880g
- Publication date: 5 July 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857386646
- ISBN 13: 9780857386649
- Illustrations note: 150 illustrations
- Sales rank: 657,671
Anton Gill charts the history of Babylon, home of the famous Hanging Gardens and a wonder of the ancient world in itself. Beginning with a survey of Ancient Mesopotamian dynasties, he chronicles the city's rise under Hammurabi, its troubled fortunes in the centuries that followed, its golden age under a dynasty of Chaldean kings in the sixth and seventh centuries BC, and the life of its last great king, Nebuchadnezzar II - himself a military genius, law-giver and architect of the marvellous city once called 'the gateway of the gods'. Studded with detailed profiles of the rulers of the period and embellished with colour illustrations, maps and timelines, Gateway of The Gods: The Rise and Fall of Babylon is a vivid and richly informative portrait of an extraordinary era.
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Anton Gill worked for the English Stage Company, the Arts Council of Great Britain, and the BBC before becoming a full-time writer in 1984. He is the author of The Journey Back From Hell: Conversations with Concentration Camp Survivors (winner of the H. H. Wingate Award), A Dance Between Flames: Berlin Between the Wars, and An Honourable Defeat: A History of the German Resistance to Hitler.
Table of contents
Introduction. Prologue. THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION: The Land of Two Rivers; The Early Kings; The Third Dynasty at Ur; Kings, Gods and Their Cities; Babylon and Assyria; The Assyrian Empire. THE GOLDEN AGE OF BABYLON: The Babylonian Revolution; The Great King of the Chaldeans; Building and Rebuilding; Literacy and Language; The Arts; The Sciences; Business and Trade; Festival and Ritual; Daily Life. BABYLONIAN SUNSET: The Last King; In Search of the Past. Epilogue. Glossary. Further Reading. Museums. Index. Picture Credits/Acknowledgements.