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King Hammurabi of Babylon: A Biography

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This book presents the first biography written in English of the famous Babylonian lawgiver, King Hammurabi, who ruled from 1792 to 1750 BC. It presents a well-rounded view of this ancient Mesopotamian king's accomplishments, by drawing on the extensive writings of his time, including those by Hammurabi himself. Numerous letters and reports by ambassadors to his court and ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 22nd 2004 by Blackwell Publishing
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As the book blurb says, this is the first biography of Hammurabi in English, and as such it is invaluable to the English-speaking investigator of ancient Mesopotamia. That fact might seem remarkable, given how recognisable Hammurabi’s name is in the modern world, linked inextricably with his Law Code. But, as Marc van de Mieroop explores in his final chapter, the information we have about Hammurabi is remarkably scattered and limited. We know when he reigned, for example, but we do not know when
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Linh
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cũng thật bất ngờ là người ta có thể tìm được nhiều tư liệu, dù bị phân mảnh, đứt quãng, nhiều lỗ hổng vể 1 vị vua Babylon sống cách đây 3700 năm như thế.
Vùng Lưỡng Hà thời kỳ này đã có sự phát triển đô thị và hành chính rất cao, với các cuộc chiến tranh và hoạt động ngoại giao rất phức tạp giữa các city state trong khu vực. Trong 30 năm cầm quyền ban đầu, Hammurabi chỉ là vua của 1 lãnh thổ nhỏ là Babylon, nhưng trong 10 năm cuối, ông đã vươn lên thôn tính hết các đối thủ, và ấn định Babylon sẽ
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Sesra
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mieroop elindeki - elimizdeki -kısıtlı bilgilere ve eserlere dayanarak, nerdeyse 3700 yıl öncesinde bir adamın, bir hükümdarın portresini çizmeye çalışmış ve başarılı da olmuş diyebiliriz. Eli yüzü düzgün bir biyografi bu anlamda ama konularına göre ayrılmış bölümlerde bazen kronolojinin ucunu kaçırıp, antik kentler ve hükümdarlar, memurlar, mektuplar arasında kaybolmak mümkün. Yine de sadece Hammurabi'yi öğrenmek için değil, dönemi - milattan önce 2.binyılın ilk yarısındaki Mezopotamya ...more
Zachary
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fine, readable, and short biography of an influential early king. Contextualizes Hammurabi, perhaps not to the fullest extent that I might like. There was room here to expand on Babylonian social history. The author treated the issue of justice well, but could have said more about (among other things) warfare, agriculture, infrastructure, or any of the other areas of Babylonian life on which Ham. had direct oversight. The author acknowledges and excuses limitations, summarizing difficulties in ...more
Elentarri
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A short, concise biography of Hammurabi, focusing on his military exploits and his "law code". There isn't very much information available on Hammurabi so we don't know anything about his family life. The author includes a chapter on the difficulties of writing a biography with limited information. Interesting.
Justin Bergman
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't know what I expected. I guess I learned a little more than I knew about Hammie. Bits of narrative plunked between dates of reigns and battles. Fairly dry, but how much juice can you squeeze out when your primary sources are 4000 year old cuneiform tablets.
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Hammurabi is one of the most famous Near Eastern figures in history, and this extensively researched account of his life is a good introduction both to Hammurabi and the society he existed in. It's also a keen illustration of the depth of cuneiform resources.
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