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Exploring all key elements of the advance of this€ancient tradition, The Babylonian global offers an intensive, updated and lavishly illustrated background of the traditional kingdom Babylonia and its 'holy city', Babylon.

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111 The political structures of rural groups are obscured by the etic, statist terms used to describe them. ” Our best information about political power in the countryside derives from the accusations against the Dakku¯rian Nabû-sˇuma-isˇkun, who expelled Babylonian citizens to the steppe and “directed his attention (away) from Babylon to his own land,” which he mobilized by “treaty and oath” (adê u ma¯mı¯t). 113 This hardly initiated a “Chaldaean” dynasty, however: within the next forty years the throne would be usurped by leaders of Bı¯t-Dakku¯ru and Bı¯t-Amukanu before returning to a Jakı¯nite, Marduk-apla-iddina II.

26 Layout patterns show differential community access to irrigation water and, thus, different relationships both between rural neighbors, and with urban authorities. , in uga¯ru-districts). Other primary and secondary subsistence modes flourished in the micro-environments which permitted specialized28 orchard and reed cultivation, fresh- and saltwater fishing, and water buffalo husbandry; yet others provided secondary services of trade and transport when they were located on important waterways.

The original thesis was about a pericentric process: the western frontier, through its cornucopia of resources and refuges, shaped the society of the metropole (the urban East). 3 These critiques are both long-anticipated (especially following the influence of Robert McC. 6 Whether the countryside was a landscape accommodating Orientalist narratives about the-desert-and-the-sown, the symbiotic thesis of dimorphism, or the passive actor to the expansionist state, the countryside has appeared as an undifferentiated foil to state narratives, rather than a subject in and of itself.

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