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

Narrated by: Desmond Manny
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: History, Middle East
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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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!

So, if you want to learn more about Babylon, scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button!

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

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Captivating History Is The Best

I have always been a history buff, and now that I have time to read and learn more about Europe and the Middle ages and ancient histor. I found this interesting and definitely learned some fascinating information.

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Full Stars From ME

Does a nice job of interweaving old facts, dates, and names with contemporary corollaries so the reader can get a. better understanding of what he's describing without unnecessarily shifting the focus of the book away from ancient Mesopotamia.

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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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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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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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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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Babylon

The author managed to provide a decent compare and contrast of the evolving societies while avoiding simply an abusive list of battles and succession of kings. Well researched and well worth your time.

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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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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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  • 02-04-19

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
  • 02-04-19

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
  • 02-04-19

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
  • 02-04-19

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
  • 02-04-19

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
  • 02-04-19

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
  • 02-04-19

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
  • 02-04-19

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
  • 02-04-19

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
  • 02-04-19

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.