New PDF release: A Brief History Of Iraq

By Hala Fattah, Frank Caso

ISBN-10: 0816057672

ISBN-13: 9780816057672

A finished advisor to greater than 6,000 years of heritage in Iraq. overlaying issues starting from the traditional Mesopotamian civilizations to the autumn of Saddam Hussein and the warfare in Iraq, it examines the altering panorama of this kingdom. It makes a speciality of the societies, peoples, and cultures of Iraq.

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Nevertheless, Alexander followed Cyrus’s lead in gaining favor with Babylon’s aristocracy, especially the religious elites, so as to make his kingship more acceptable to the people. He especially paid homage to the Babylonian supreme god, Marduk, by undertaking the rebuilding of the temple dedicated to that god. Alexander remained in Babylon for approximately one month, before turning toward Persia itself. Alexander’s campaign into Persia marked (at least superficially) a departure from what had preceded it.

The fact that city folk were once nomadic pastoralists or seminomads themselves only tends to blur the boundaries between cities, empires, and tribes. The cycle of nomads settling down to form or join already established cities and then blending into larger formations such as empires, only to return to a pastoralist mode once these larger formations disappear, is a familiar one in the Middle East. It is best described by a 14th-century Muslim historian, Ibn Khaldun, the famous author of al-Muqadimma (Prolegomena).

According to Roux, the principal change in the codes was the de-emphasis on compensation in cash or tribute, which was part of the Sumerian penal code, and the stress laid on “death, mutilation or corporal punishment” (Roux 1992, 205). Thus, if a surgeon killed his patient, his hand would be cut off; if a house collapsed, its architect would be put to death; if a slave were killed when the house collapsed on him, the builder of the house would compensate the slave’s owner with another slave. But there was leniency, too.

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