Babylon: Legend, History and the Ancient City

Babylon: Legend, History and the Ancient City


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 via its personal sinful acceptance. 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 location of Babylon has been the centre of significant excavation, but the fantastic result of this paintings have performed little to displace the various different attention-grabbing ways that town has continued and reinvented itself in tradition. Saddam Hussein, for one, notoriously exploited the Babylonian delusion to affiliate himself and his regime with its excellent prior.
Why has Babylon so creatively fired the human mind's eye, with effects either stable and sick? Why has it been so mesmerizing to such a lot of, and for therefore lengthy? In exploring solutions, Michael Seymour's ebook levels commonly over area and time and embraces artwork, archaeology, heritage and literature. From Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar, through Strabo and Diodorus, to the ebook 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 assets ruled by means of strong and intoxicating rules corresponding to the Tower of Babel and town of sin.

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