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  • Babylon: A Captivating Guide to the Kingdom in Ancient Mesopotamia, Starting from the Akkadian Empire to the Battle of Opis Against Persia, Including Babylonian Mythology and the Legacy of Babylonia

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Categories: Education & Learning, Education
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Explore the captivating history of Babylon!

The Babylonian influence upon its successors and even modern society knows no bounds. One of the leading civilizations of Mesopotamia, the Babylonians provided the fundamentals of mathematics, agriculture, architecture, metallurgy, and other influential and necessary fields required to develop other great civilizations such as the Greeks, Romans, and even contemporary nations like China and the US. Without them, no neoteric world could exist.

In Babylon: A Captivating Guide to the Kingdom in Ancient Mesopotamia, Starting from the Akkadian Empire to the Battle of Opis Against Persia, Including Babylonian Mythology and the Legacy of Babylonia, you will discover topics such as:

  • The land of the Babylonians
  • Life, culture, and gender roles throughout the years
  • Where superstition met science
  • Babylonia before the Babylonians
  • The Amorite Dynasty or the first Babylonians
  • The first fall of Babylon and the rise of the Kassites
  • Assyrian domination and rule, 911-619 BC
  • The Neo-Babylonian Empire
  • The Persian conquest and Hellenistic period
  • Religion, mythology, and the creation myths
  • The short version of the biblical Babylonians
  • And much, much more!

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  • eleanore houghton
  • 06-02-2020

Babylon

Too short, more like cliffnotes. I was very disappointed. I could get the same information from wikipedia. 6 minute chapters.

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  • Oliver John
  • 02-02-2019

Captivating Really

This book is an excellent resource for its subject for anyone looking to learn more about Mesopotamia and the great ebbing and flowing and rising and falling of the cultures who called it home.

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  • Ranjeet
  • 02-02-2019

Excellent Approach

it is definitely a history *story*, taking us from imaging Sadam Hussein pompously pretending to be a Babylonian to the first temple risen in Eridu, the author uses verbal imagery to paint the scene so that you feel like you are watching it all.

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  • Zinger
  • 02-02-2019

Super Book From Super Author

This has proven to be a fun read. The author takes us back to the dawning of civilization and provides many interesting insights into how the innovation of writing may have come about and what the first urban cities or towns may have been like,

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  • Morgan
  • 02-02-2019

Its Amazing

The author uses major historical events to provide a kind of narrative tension, and between these he draws on many different sources to recreate detailed impressions of ancient daily life, including excerpts from the actual stories, myths, epic poems and letters preserved on steles and clay tablets.

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  • McGuire Abigail
  • 02-02-2019

Awesome

Book was very interesting and easy to read for someone with an interest but not much knowledge of ancient Mesopotamia. There was a lot of hypothesizing about the nature of each civilization that could not easily be backed up with facts, but the discussion did create a framework to explain the history and do some compare/contrast between civilizations, which was nice for a novice.

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  • Mira Wilson
  • 02-02-2019

Very Interesting

I love history and reading but was put off this subject in school years ago due to the horrible text books, and only started reading about the period again after taking an art history course- the images drew me in.

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  • Jack
  • 02-02-2019

Awesome History Book

This book shows how the distant past has much to teach us, and one thing that caught me by surprise was that the financial system was every bit as complex as ours (futures and all), and it's impressive because they did it without computers.

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  • Ruldoo
  • 02-02-2019

Great History

The history of Mesopotamia is a subject in which I've long had interest, but little education. I knew about the "Fertile Crescent" and had impressions from church and youthful Bible study. But I didn't know my Assyrians from my Amorites, my Akkadians from my Elamites.

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  • Courty
  • 03-02-2019

Well Done Author


A superb overview of Mesopotamian civilization and history. I can't recommend this book strongly enough. The author deftly weaves the political changes of the rise and fall of the various cultural subsets (Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Neo Babylonian, to name the most important) in a majestic and thought provoking analysis of the underlying foundations of their Weltanschauung and the subtle changes in which this civilization changed over the millenniums from 3,500 BC to 500 BC.

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  • Poppy
  • 04-02-2019

Quick and Concise

This book is really well written and well explained. It was very helpful in doing my report in my college religion class.

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  • William
  • 04-02-2019

Clear and Simple


I wanted a well-rounded introduction and I got it in this book! Many of the topics I haven't even thought about since being a school boy like rise of cities and writing. I would have recommended this book to anyone wanting an intro to the history of the area.

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  • Nathan
  • 04-02-2019

Babylon History

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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  • DARCY
  • 04-02-2019

Engaging Topic

It's a good book. Engaging topic. Like the author. A few editing pings. But the subject matter is most interesting. Well written.

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  • Charlie
  • 04-02-2019

Best Of All

I have read several books on this period in history. This is probably the best of them all. It covers many different aspects of the people and their times. It is very complete and very readable.

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  • Mia Holy Jai
  • 04-02-2019

Overall, an impressive book


Overall, there is some good information on early Babylonian civilization, but the author also includes a number of side notes that are less relevant. He also tends to name drop a number of other scholars, without showing relevance to the development of his ideas.

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  • FREDERICK
  • 04-02-2019

Amazing History Book

A fascinating and entertaining account of the Cradle of Civilization. Considering the book covers the history of what would become Iraq, it's a great lesson in the transitory nature of religion, politics, and power.

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  • IVY
  • 04-02-2019

Grab It

Excellent history of the beginning of history. We know ancient Assyria/Babylon/Persia, etc. We know much about Egypt. But this is the 1st really early history of Sumer I have read.

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  • Oscar
  • 04-02-2019

Very Well Written


Very well written, comprehensive, and broad. I learned a lot from it. The details are really awesome and correct. I loved it.

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  • David
  • 04-02-2019

Really Interesting Book

I bought this for my daughter and she loved reading it. She said great book to put on her collection shelf and relistened it again.

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