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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In this volume on Babylonian life and history, Budge illustrates their social and political lives. He discusses their traditions, rites, food, clothing, furniture and other aspects of daily life. These people were masters of the art of writing, astrology and various forms of magic, including spell casting and reading omens. This book gives the reader a complete picture of ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 20th 2005 by Barnes & Noble (first published 1975)
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Despite my seemingly harsh review, this book isn't terrible. It's a decent primer that contains a tremendous amount of information on the history of the region known as Babylonia. However, my rating is low for three reasons:

1 - It's incredibly dated. This book was written in 1925, and many studies have come to light since that time. This affects his chronology and his knowledge of texts that brought to light connections between religious beliefs of neighboring civilizations.

2 - Continuing from
Oct 02, 2011 Raymonds009 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all interested parties
Recommended to Raymonds009 by: Foy Scalf
Excellent and comprehensive look at the whole line of development in the area of Babylon and its neighbors. Sequential format gives you the full measure of cultural as well as political development. I was surprised that there were no overall maps as guides but I guess you could use a few online aids to fill in. There have been many new discoveries but the basics remain as presented here.
Selena McDevitt
I found this book to be extremely informative regardless of how far out of date it is. Some information I'm sure has been updated over the years, but if you use this book as a platform from which to jump from, you will certainly be thankful for it.
Leave it to a British Victorian historian to utterly suck the life out of what I am sure was a fascinating and perplexing civilization. He writes like Joe Friday -- stick to the facts.
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Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge was an English Egyptologist, Orientalist, and philologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works on the ancient Near East.
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