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Description - King Hammurabi of Babylon by Marc van de Mieroop

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 others are presented in translation. Professor Marc Van De Mieroop traces Hammurabi's career as diplomat and conqueror, describing how he dealt with powerful rivals and extended his kingdom to create the large state of Babylon. He explores the administration of the kingdom and looks at the legacies of Hammurabi's rule, especially his legal code, the earliest complete body of legal instructions in world history. The book demonstrates how Hammurabi's conquests irrevocably changed the political organization of the Middle East. It also shows that Hammurabi was long remembered by the ancient Mesopotamians as one of the greatest kings of the past.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405126601
ISBN-10: 1405126604
Format: Paperback
(214mm x 141mm x 11mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Marc van de Mieroop

Marc Van De Mieroop is Professor of Ancient Near East History at Columbia University, New York. He has written numerous books and articles, including most recently A History of the Ancient Near East, c. 3000 323 BC (Blackwell Publishing, 2004).

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