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From Street Altar to Palace: Reading the Built Environment of Urban Babylonia

Heather D. Baker

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557301.013.0025

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 From Street Altar to Palace: Reading the Built Environment of Urban Babylonia

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This article examines the built environment of urban Babylonia based on cuneiform evidence. It describes the experience of urban living from the point of view of the people who were the ordinary inhabitants of Babylon and the other cities of southern Mesopotamia, and contrasts their perspective with the high-level ideals projected by the ruler. It discusses the writings of the common people about the city.

Keywords: urban Babylonia; built environment; cuneiform evidence; urban living; Mesopotamia

Article.  9564 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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