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About the 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.

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Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization by

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Paperback, Published in Mar 2012 by Atlantic Books

ISBN10: 1848871570 | ISBN13: 9781848871571

Page count: 282

In Babylon, Paul Kriwaçzek 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, organized religion, sculpture, education, mathematics, law and monumental building.

At the heart of Kriwaçzek's magisterial account, though, is the glory of Babylon - "gateway of 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.

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