The Babylonian World presents an extensive, up-to-date and lavishly illustrated history of the ancient state Babylonia and its 'holy city', Babylon.

Historicized by the New Testament as a centre of decadence and corruption, Babylon and its surrounding region was in fact a rich and complex civilization, responsible for the invention of the dictionary and laying the foundations of modern science.  This book explores all key aspects of the development of this ancient culture, including the ecology of the region and its famously productive agriculture, its political and economic standing, its religious practices, and the achievements of its intelligentsia.

Comprehensive and accessible, this book will be an indispensable resource for anyone studying the period.

1. Introduction  Part 1: Land and Land Use  2. Babylonian Countrysides  3. Land and Land Use: The Middle Euphrates Valley  4. Agricultural Techniques  5. Urban Form in the First Millennium  Part 2: Material Culture  6. Architecture in the Old Babylonian Period  7. Babylonian Seals  8. Babylonian Sources of Exotic Raw Materials  9. Cloth in the Babylonian World  10. The Babylonian Visual Image  11. Food and Drink in Babylonia  Part 3: Economic Life  12. Economy of Ancient Mesopotamia: A General Outline  13. The Old Babylonian Economy  14. Aspects of Society and Economy in the later Old Babylonian Period  15. The Babylonian Economy in the First Millennium BC  16. The Egibi Family  Part 4: Society and Politics  17. Social Configurations in Early Dynastic Babylonia (c. 2500–2334 B.C.)  18. Palace and the Temple in Babylonia  19. Power, Economy and Social Organization in Babylonia  20.  Arameans and Chaldeans: Environment and Society  21. Women and Gender in Babylonia  Part 5: Religion  22. The Role and Function of Goddesses in Mesopotamia  23. Inanna and Ishtar in the Babylonian World  24.  The Babylonian god Marduk  25. Divination Culture and Handling of the Future  26. Witchcraft  Literature in Mesopotamia  Part 6: Intellectual Life: Cuneiform Writing and Learning  27.  Incantations within Akkadian Medical Texts  28. Writing, Sending, and Reading Letters in the Amorite World  29.  Mathematics, Metrology, and Professional Numeracy  30. Babylonian Lexical Lists  31.  Gilgamesh and the Literary Traditions of Ancient Mesopotamia  32. Babylonian Astral Science  33.  Omens Concerned with Human Behaviour  34. Late Babylonian Intellectual Life  Part 7: International Relations: Babylonia and the Ancient Near Eastern World  35. Egypt and Babylon  36. A View from Hattusa  37. Babylonian Relations with the Levant during the Kassite Period  38. Looking down the Tigris: The Interrelations between Assyria and Babylonia  39. The View from Jerusalem: Biblical Responses to the Babylonian Presence  40. Babylonia and Persia