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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195385403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195385403
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this ambitious and all-encompassing account of how the ancient city of Babylon has been studied, interpreted and received throughout history, Michael Seymour offers an exemplary study in the reception of the ancient world. Multiple manifestations of the notion of Babylon are explored, revealing the extent to which ancient civilizations have been appropriated according to different cultural contexts and priorities. The book presents an intoxicating mix of mythology, interpretation and fact from a wide variety of sources: both textual and visual. Through each of the chapters we see the exciting and complex journey that antiquities undertake once retrieved from the earth in which they were buried. One of the most important findings of the work is the extent to which ancient Mesopotamian culture is shown to have "lived on" in a range of conflicting and successive contexts. In this thoughtful and probing analysis, Seymour unravels the very idea of Babylon, revealing it to be a complex bundle of meanings and significances. He does a great service to archaeology, ancient history and cultural studies in telling this story of entanglement." - Stephanie Moser, Professor of Archaeology, University of Southampton

"The city of Babylon and the idea of Babylon have co-existed as intertwined threads of intellectual and historical engagement for centuries. In the recent past Babylon was an emblem for Saddam Hussein's control over Iraq's past (ancient Babylon), present (reconstructed Babylon), and future (eternal Babylon). Since at least the sixth century BC, and up to modern times, Babylon has been entangled in discourses that transgress the boundaries between history, myth, fantasy and bias, while over the past century scientific archaeology has contributed to the mix. Michael Seymour teases apart the golden threads of Babylon's discourses, tracing each one in meticulous detail before reweaving them into a new and brilliant tapestry, presenting us in this adroit and learned book with a Babylon fit for the scrutiny of our age." – Roger Matthews, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Reading

"This is a brilliant first book by a rising star in Ancient Near Eastern studies. It comes at a critical moment when the ancient city of Babylon is under the spotlight as never before. After the coalition invasion of 2003 Babylon was turned into a military camp to universal international condemnation. Now the World Monuments Fund is helping with the conservation of the site and application has been made for Babylon to become a World Heritage Site. There have also been three major exhibitions about Babylon in the last few years, in Paris, Berlin and London, all with sumptuous catalogues, and the famous Cyrus Cylinder, found at Babylon in 1879, is currently the subject of a touring exhibition. Yet until now there existed no book that traced the exploration and excavation of Babylon against the wider backdrop of developments in European intellectual thinking and understanding. Michael Seymour does this with great skill and clarity, and has produced a book that not only examines the importance and significance of Babylon in the western and eastern traditions, but also provides a readable account of the history and excavation of the city. This will be an indispensable book both for scholars in a number of different fields and for laymen interested in the Ancient Near East." - John Curtis, OBE, Keeper of Special Middle Eastern Projects, The British Museum

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author


Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper, Ancient Mesopotamian Script, Languages and Cultures, at The British Museum.

Michael Seymour is an authority on the ancient world. He was Raymond and Beverley Sackler Scholar at the British Museum for 2006-7.

More About the Author

Born in Southampton, England.
Moved to Bournemouth aged 9. Having been bombed out of Southampton in World War 2.
Educated in Bournemouth at Grammar School and Bournemouth Arts School.
2 years Military Service in the Royal Signals and attached to the Intelligence Corps in Cyprus.
Returned to the UK and demobbed.
3 years at the Royal College of Art as a painter. Also 3 years working in the evenings as a stage-hand and stage electrician.
Lived in Greece for a year.
Returned to UK and worked in the early 60's as a paparazzo.
Then began work in the Film Industry as an Art Director and Production Designer.
Travelled and worked in 20 other countries.
Nominated for an Oscar for 'Alien'.
Won the British Academy Award for 'Alien'
Lived in Los Angeles.
Currently in London, England, working on my next book.

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There are no superlatives too great for this book--compelling written, wonderfully illustrated, thoroughly researched--a perfect combination of scholarship, depth, popular interest and readability.

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This was purchased for my wife to use in a class that she took. She said that it was a beautiful book that did a good job of explaining the illustrations. The book was originally tied in with a museum exhibit and was concentrating on artifacts that could be shown and did not cover everything possible about Babylon and its history.
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nestlegal on October 30, 2011
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This book was like new, and I received it quickly. It was very helpful in doing my report in my college religion class.
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0 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Debeljuk on May 10, 2011
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This book was a gift, so I have not had the pleasure of enjoying it. But from what I hear, it's a good book with lots of info. Good seller also!
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