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By Paul Kriwaczek | Comments: ( 126 ) | Date: ( Dec 07, 2019 )

In Babylon, Paul Kriwaczek tells the story of ancient Mesopotamia from the earliest settlements around 5400 BC, to the eclipse of Babylon by the Persians in the sixth century BC He chronicles the rise and fall of dynastic power during this period he examines its numerous material, social and cultural innovations and inventions The wheel, civil, engineering, building briIn Babylon, Paul Kriwaczek tells the story of ancient Mesopotamia from the earliest settlements around 5400 BC, to the eclipse of Babylon by the Persians in the sixth century BC He chronicles the rise and fall of dynastic power during this period he examines its numerous material, social and cultural innovations and inventions The wheel, civil, engineering, building bricks, the centralized state, the division of labour, organised religion, sculpture, education, mathematics, law and monumental building At the heart of Kriwaczek s magisterial account, though, is the glory of Babylon gateway to the gods which rose to glorious prominence under the Amorite king Hammurabi, who unified Babylonia between 1800 and 1750 BC While Babylonian power would rise and fall over the ensuing centuries, it retained its importance as a cultural, religious and political centre until its fall to Cyrus the Great of Persia in 539 BC.


  • Title: Babylon: Mesopotamia And The Birth Of Civilization
  • Author: Paul Kriwaczek
  • ISBN: 9781848871564
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Paul Kriwaczek

PAUL KRIWACZEK was born in Vienna He travelled extensively in Asia and Africa before developing a career in broadcasting and journalist In 1970, he joined the BBC full time and wrote, produced, and directed for twenty five years He also served as head of Central Asian Affairs at the BBC World Service He is the author of Yiddish Civilisation The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation, which was shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Award, as well as In Search of Zarathustra The First Prophet and the Ideas that Changed the World.



Comments Babylon: Mesopotamia And The Birth Of Civilization

  • Jim

    This is excellent history, going into detail to show aspects of the culture of the people, but also covering a grand sweep of history covering almost 5000 years. Kriwaczek shows the rise and fall of the power centers of Mesopotamia, from Uruk, with the earliest writing, to the final fall of Babylon in 539 BC to the Persians. There was a lot about Mesopotamia I did not know.I think most people know more about Egypt, Greece, RomeAnd much of what we know comes from the Bible.I think some have heard [...]


  • Libby

    The Land Between the Rivers is the literal translation of Mesopotamia. It has a magical sound to it, with overtones of fairy tale to my ears. In my fourth grade geography book, there was a map of the Fertile Crescent and I used to stare at it and dream of fantastic palaces and kings and queens and treasures. Now I'm an old lady, but I still love great stories, and Paul Kriwacsek has some really great ones, with the added gratuity that these are all true. Four thousand years of history is a lot t [...]


  • Victoria

    A rather idiosyncratic text that falls squarely into the popular history camp. Kriwaczek is keen to draw (anachronistic) parallels between us and ancient Mesopotamians in an attempt to bring them to life. at times, it feels that the comparisons are a little stretched. Much of what we know about these civilizations is from their material culture; which can only tell us so much. (The spade never lies but only because it cannot speak). The vast majority of cuneiform tablets have not even been trans [...]


  • Coan

    'Babylon: Mesopotamia And The Birth Of Civilization' by Paul KriwaczekHas anyone ever stopped you in the street, their hair dishevelled, left hand waving frantically at something you can’t see, a wild look in their eyes as they sputter out the words “I’ve had it with all these thousand page historical text books, tell me, what is your go-to book on ancient Mesopotamia? I need to know!”Well, if that ever happened to me, I’d open up my bag and pull out my now well read copy of ‘Babylon [...]


  • Linda Harkins

    What actually attracted me to this book at the library was its cover: those blue and ochre Gates of Ishtar that I saw in a Berlin museum some years ago. It's a powerhouse of information. I had to persevere to finish it, however, in that some of the research prompted me to delve deeper into the history of the Fertile Crescent. I had to have some background beyond my undergrad degree in the fine arts. Kriwaczek raised as many questions as he answered. He also dispelled numerous myths including the [...]


  • Nikki

    Not that long ago, I abandoned Gwendolyn Leick’s book Mesopotamia because of the overwrought sentences and the weird, unsourced assertions, like this:“Perhaps the fountains and pools in Middle Eastern buildings of much later centuries retain a faint memory of the old lagoon in the very south of Mesopotamia.”And yet, I pick this up, and in the second chapter…:“Remembered too was the Apsu, the sacred lake from which [a god] emerged, referenced by a basin of fresh water installed in every [...]


  • Ciaran Mcgrath

    This is one of the most enjoyable non-fiction books that I've read in years. The author covers both the sweep of history across four thousand years and more of Mesopotamian culture and the fascinating details of daily life, such as arguments between husband and wife, or the day-to-day chores of a farmer. Most of all, he successfully shows both how the civilisations of Mesopotamia, as they rose and fell in succession, differed greatly from our own viewpoint on the world while also contributing bu [...]


  • Tony

    Interesting overview of ancient Mesopotamian history from the mists of time to the fall of Babylon to Cyrus. Lots of helpful bibliography at the end, though rather less than careful citation and paraphrasing in the body.The closing chapter is such a heavy-handed and serious attempt at drawing a contemporary moral lesson that is almost comical, but it does contain a pleasant and likely unintended surprise for fans of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.


  • Maphead

    It's probably not easy to write an interesting and accessible book on ancient Babylon. Kriwaczek pulls it off. Mesopotamia could boast of 2,500 years of civilization BEFORE the Persians conquered them in BC 539. Remarkable stuff!


  • Mark Gray

    I really enjoyed the sweeping historical perspective of this book. I have read about sections of this history before but this book provides just enough context and detail to give an appropriate overview. Well written style which also kept my interest up


  • Sarah -

    I reeeeeally wanted to love this one. It's pretty much right up my alley - the ancient world and this part of the ancient world especially - is among my most favorite of topics. I'm fairly well-read on the subject, and even I found this one a bit dull at times, which pains me to say. It's not necessarily as accessible as some have claimed, but that's also due to some disorganization. I skimmed here and there, to be honest. Decent, but I was hoping to love it so much more than I actually did.


  • Bosnian23

    If I learned anything from this great book it is that, no matter what happens or how big the difficulties are, the cradle of civilization will always emerge victorious and will prevail.The title of the book is misleading, it's not just talking about Babylon and the Babylonian Empire, it's actually about all Mesopotamian empires and city states since the time of Eridu and Uruk.All the way until the fall of Neo Babylonian Empire and conquest of the region by Cyrus the Great and newly emerged Persi [...]


  • Coenraad

    This book offers a highly readable history of the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations for the interested layperson. It is broad in scope, comparing aspects of times long ago to equivalent phenomena of our own time, and providing fascinating insights into the changes over the centuries. Highly recommended.Hierdie boek bied 'n uitstekende oorsig oor die geskiedenis van antieke Mesopotamië vir die belangstellende leek. Sterk aanbeveel vir die insigte omtrent belangrike verskuiwings oor die eeue en [...]


  • Donald Luther

    This is a marvelous book. The author, Paul Kriwaczek, is a wonderful stylist, who writes clearly, uses terrific allusions and illustrations, and presents a clear picture and story of a world four millennia or more in the past.Although the title of the book is 'Babylon', that fabled city appears only in the final third or so of the book, but unlike 'Persian Fire' the trip is worth it. Beginning with the first appearance of settlements in Mesopotamia and tracing the history of almost 3500 years up [...]


  • MJ

    Kriwaczek is a bit preachy at times and connects some dots in questionable ways at others. But on the whole, this was a wonderful read. Nice survey of Mesopotamian history from Eridu through the conquest of Cyrus the Great. More importantly, Kriwaczek embraces the opportunity to raise and discuss such fascinating questions as:- Why did humans form the first city?- What circumstances gave rise to the first king?- What motivated the first claim to a divine right of kingship?- Following that, why d [...]


  • Carol

    Engrossing read about the growth of cities in ancient Mesopotamia by a master storyteller, the late British author, producer, director (and sometime dentist) Paul Kriwaczek. Starting with the city of Eridu, about 5,000 years ago, we are taken through a tour of the development of writing in cuneiform and the alphabet, arithmetic, the arts, financial systems, and the roots of the Abrahamic religions in an engaging manner that brings a potentially dull subject to life. Highly recommended for people [...]


  • Sean Brennan

    An excellent book about the birth place of civilization, which for all the people who do not know lies within modern day Iraq, and as a postscript featured in the book many of the irreplaceable antiquities are now lost to the world for ever after the fall of Sadam Hussein and subsequent occupation. And that is one of the beauties of this work that the past is often mirrored in the present. My one critiscm is that the timeline was a bit haphazard and really could have been explained better, still [...]


  • Jim

    This is an extensive but very readable history of Mesopotamia. One of the things that really impressed me was the way he showed just how old much of this history was by comparing to what might be more familiar events. I was very interested in some of the ideas he had about the development of civilization.


  • Devon Reed

    Kind of a grind to get through. I understand that information from this period is rather thin, but I guess I was hoping the author would transcend that problem a little better. He didn't. In the concluding notes he recommends A History of the Ancient Near East by Marc van de Mieroop, which is maybe the place to start instead.


  • David Badgery

    Good intro to Mesopotamian history and to current views of the development of civilisation and what drove humans to move from early agriculture, to towns, to city states, to kingdoms and to empires. I particularly liked the frequent comparison to events and trends in both more recent history and current times and also the tracing of biblical stories to aspects of mesopotamian history and myths


  • Helen Rees

    I enjoyed this book immensely, knowing relatively little about the period. One of my favourite parts of this book was how comparisons were drawn between the past and the modern era and the way the author showed how the past drew into the present. While this book took me a reasonable time to get into (and I didn't read on Saturday because I was very busy), once I was around two chapters in I could not put it down. I read the first 100 pages or so on the metro and after that was hooked and kept go [...]


  • Raskil

    I found this to be a good introduction to the period, though it focuses more on the earlier part, from 3000 BCE and 1000 BCE, with the account of the thousand years up to 0 CE being somewhat more brief. The author keeps making comparisons with the modern world - this maybe takes up a full one-fifth of the book - and I didn't always find them useful or even plausable, and he does it all the time! I just wanted the story of ancient Mesopotamia. The writing style is not exactly flowing or elegant. [...]


  • Aria Anggana

    huaaaah! selesai juga setelah lebih dari satu bulan. sampai perlu diselingi nonton film dan baca buku lain. sudah ingin menyerah sejak lama karena terjemahannya yg buruk tp aku tipe yg susah move on kalau ada buku yg belum selesai dibaca (ahahahah) dan juga karena penasaran akhirnya terus mencoba untuk membacangan menggunakan stabilo aku menandai peristiwa-peristiwa sejarah atau hal-hal menarik dan perlu diingat yg ternyata berhasil membuatku bersemangat dan memahami lebih mudah apa yang disampa [...]


  • A Librería

    Es un libro de lectura bastante ágil, aunque reconozco que no es para devorarlo en una tarde, porque hay partes en las que los nombres que no son desconocidos y las fechas se suceden con tan rapidez que pueden marearnos, pero sin embargo es un libro 100% recomendable para todos aquellos que quieran conocer más acerca de la historia universal.Crítica completa en: alibreria/2018/01/11/crit


  • Abdullah

    Nice organization and the content more factual than story, although the author atheist views are nevertheless evident in his deductions concerning religion of these folk!, he tries to link paganism as a precursor to monotheism, a thing that shouldn't occur in a book with shelving classification of ''history''!, but overall enjoyable.


  • Brayton Cole

    As with his Zarathustra book, he took an ancient subject about which relatively little is known, filled in the large holes with uninteresting speculation, then recounted said speculation in the most roundabout and irritating manner possible. Don't bother.


  • David Potter

    Fascinating!The author achieves an unusual goal: he makes the history of an unfamiliar age come alive again while at the same time providing a book of considerable scholarship. For me it also set the familiar stories of the Old Testament in their wider historical setting.


  • AM

    A readable history of Mesopotamian civilization from its earliest beginnings around 5400 BC to the Persian conquest in 539 BC. My only beef with Kriwaczek is that he seems to misunderstand a lot about Christianity and its origins.


  • Bossche

    Knowledgeable & enjoyable. Timeline of the very sources of our society & belief systems.


  • Ngaire

    So good! I went from knowing almost nothing about Mesopotamia to feeling like I had a good grasp of the basics.


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