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Babylonian Life and History
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Secondly, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, written as a first hand account in 1923 by Sir E.A. Wallis Budge, noted British scholar of Egyptian, Ethiopian and Mesopotamian hieroglyphics, languages and history who collected for the British Museum. The book is rife with illustrations, maps, drawings, photographs and Sumerian hieroglyphics.
It's extremely dated and makes vast assumptions that are horrifying. The blurb on the back advertised a discussion on Babylonian "vampires", to which I said "Really?". The passage that discusses vampires is about one page long and is simply a tangent proclaiming that Egyptians were terrified of vampires, evidenced by how they seal up organs in jars and entombed their pharaohs. This is absolutely untrue.
The blurb also mentions a practice called "baby-farming". The index says "baby-farming" can be found on page "xi", which of course is the introduction. The introduction is a repetition of the blurb on the back. So I will never know what 'baby-farming' is.
The text is by a Victorian writer, something that makes itself very apparent when discussing marriages and he states that marriages are arranged 'much like ours are'. What he considers pertinent is bizarre and how he comes to his conclusions are vague at best.
An absolute waste of money.