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Babylonian Life and History

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ISBN-13: 978-0880298551
ISBN-10: 0880298553
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About the Author

E. A. Wallis Budge, the author of numerous books, was once the Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiques in the British Museum. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Dorset Pr (June 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880298553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880298551
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,619,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Greg Farrand on July 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
First off, Amazon's price of $17.95 for the paperback version of "Babylonian Life and History" is $10.00 more than I paid for the Barnes & Noble Books' publication at Barnes & Noble Bookstore today, July 4, 2006.

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.
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I bought this because I wanted a reference book on Babylonians and it was very cheap, 8 bucks at Barnes and Noble.

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.
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