• History

The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon

An Elusive World Wonder Traced
Author: Stephanie Dalley
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191639338
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 9654
The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon is an exciting story of detection involving legends, expert decipherment of ancient texts, and a vivid description of a little-known civilization. Recognised in ancient times as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the legendary Hanging Garden of Babylon and its location still remains a mystery steeped in shadow and puzzling myths. In this remarkable volume Stephanie Dalley, a world expert on ancient Babylonian language, gathers for the first time all the material on this enigmatic World Wonder. Tracing the history of the Garden, Dalley describes how the decipherment of an original text and its link to sculpture in the British Museum has enabled her to pin down where the Garden was positioned and to describe in detail what it may have looked like. Through this dramatic and fascinating reconstruction of the Garden, Dalley is also able to follow its influence on later garden design. Like a palimpsest, Dalley unscrambles the many legends that have built up around the Garden, including the parts played by Semiramis and Nebuchadnezzar, and following the evolution of its design, she shows why this Garden deserves its place alongside the Pyramids and the Colossus of Rhodes as one of the most astonishing technical achievements of the ancient world.

    • History

The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon

An Elusive World Wonder Traced
Author: Stephanie Dalley
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 019163932X
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 1433
The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon is an exciting story of detection involving legends, expert decipherment of ancient texts, and a vivid description of a little-known civilization. Recognised in ancient times as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the legendary Hanging Garden of Babylon and its location still remains a mystery steeped in shadow and puzzling myths. In this remarkable volume Stephanie Dalley, a world expert on ancient Babylonian language, gathers for the first time all the material on this enigmatic World Wonder. Tracing the history of the Garden, Dalley describes how the decipherment of an original text and its link to sculpture in the British Museum has enabled her to pin down where the Garden was positioned and to describe in detail what it may have looked like. Through this dramatic and fascinating reconstruction of the Garden, Dalley is also able to follow its influence on later garden design. Like a palimpsest, Dalley unscrambles the many legends that have built up around the Garden, including the parts played by Semiramis and Nebuchadnezzar, and following the evolution of its design, she shows why this Garden deserves its place alongside the Pyramids and the Colossus of Rhodes as one of the most astonishing technical achievements of the ancient world.

    • Art

The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon

An Elusive World Wonder Traced
Author: Stephanie Dalley
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199662266
Category: Art
Page: 279
View: 9344
"Identifies and locates one of the Ancient World wonders -- New description of a very early garden and the technology behind its water supply -- Identifies the early occurrence of the "Water-raising Screw" -- Links Assyrian texts and sculpture to later classical sources and explains legends surrounding the characters of Semiramis and Nebuchadnezzar -- Reassesses specific sculpture in the British Museum." --Publisher.

    • History

Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization

The Evolution of an Urban Landscape
Author: Guillermo Algaze
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226013782
Category: History
Page: 246
View: 6359
The alluvial lowlands of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southern Mesopotamia are widely known as the “cradle of civilization,” owing to the scale of the processes of urbanization that took place in the area by the second half of the fourth millennium BCE. In Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization, Guillermo Algaze draws on the work of modern economic geographers to explore how the unique river-based ecology and geography of the Tigris-Euphrates alluvium affected the development of urban civilization in southern Mesopotamia. He argues that these natural conditions granted southern polities significant competitive advantages over their landlocked rivals elsewhere in Southwest Asia, most importantly the ability to easily transport commodities. In due course, this resulted in increased trade and economic activity and higher population densities in the south than were possible elsewhere. As southern polities grew in scale and complexity throughout the fourth millennium, revolutionary new forms of labor organization and record keeping were created, and it is these socially created innovations, Algaze argues, that ultimately account for why fully developed city-states emerged earlier in southern Mesopotamia than elsewhere in Southwest Asia or the world.

    • Fiction

Myths from Mesopotamia

Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others
Author: Stephanie Dalley
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 0199538360
Category: Fiction
Page: 339
View: 7040
The stories translated here all of ancient Mesopotamia, and include not only myths about the Creation and stories of the Flood, but also the longest and greatest literary composition, the Epic of Gilgamesh. This is the story of a heroic quest for fame and immortality, pursued by a man of great strength who loses a unique opportunity through a moment's weakness. So much has been discovered in recent years both by way of new tablets and points of grammar and lexicography that these new translations by Stephanie Dalley supersede all previous versions. -- from back cover.

    • History

Esther's Revenge at Susa

From Sennacherib to Ahasuerus
Author: Stephanie Dalley
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199216630
Category: History
Page: 262
View: 2174
The names of the chief characters in the biblical Book of Esther are those of Mesopotamian deities. Stephanie Dalley argues that the narrative reflects real events in seventh-century Assyria which were `explained' soon after they occurred in a mythologizing cuneiform text and linked to religious festivals comparable to the Jewish rites of Purim.

    • Fiction

The Hanging Garden

An Inspector Rebus Mystery
Author: Ian Rankin
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781429979566
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 6800
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon... The hanging of four French villagers in World War II... The hanging of an old man in a Scottish cemetery... Seemingly random facts linked to one man... Detective Inspector John Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork generated by his investigations into a suspected war criminal, and his immediate supervisors are more than happy to have him tucked away in a quiet backwater for several months. However, the escalating dispute between upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty's gang soon gives Rebus an escape clause. Telford is known to have close ties to a man nicknamed Mr. Pink Eyes, a brutal gangster running a lucrative business bringing Chechen refugees into Britain to work as prostitutes. And when Rebus takes under his wing a distraught Bosnian call girl, it gives him a personal reason to make sure Telford takes the high road out of town. Within days, Rebus's daughter is the victim of an all-too-professional hit-and-run, and Rebus knows that there's nothing he won't do to bring down prime suspect Tommy Telford--even if it means cutting a deal with the devil. A chilling glimpse into the darkest extremes of human cruelty, a page-turning literary thriller, The Hanging Garden, the ninth entry in Ian Rankin's award-winning series confirms his reputation as a writer of rare and lasting gifts.

    • History

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World


Author: Peter A Clayton,Martin Price
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136748091
Category: History
Page: 192
View: 4725
Sets each of the seven wonders in their historical context, bringing together materials from ancient sources and the results of modern excavations to suggest why particular places and objects have been seen as the touchstone for human achievement.

    • Religion

The Everlasting Man


Author: G. K. Chesterton
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486117383
Category: Religion
Page: 288
View: 9090
Chesterton's view of Christianity — as a blend of philosophy and mythology, satisfying intellect and spirit — applies to his brilliant book, which appeals to readers' heads as well as their hearts.

    • History

Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings (Revised Edition)


Author: Jean Manco
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 0500772908
Category: History
Page: 312
View: 2675
“An ambitious and lucid full narrative account of the peopling of Europe . . . this will undoubtedly provide a base line for future debates on the origins of the Europeans.” —J. P. Mallory, author of In Search of the Indo-Europeans and The Origins of the Irish Who are the Europeans? Where did they come from? New research in the fields of archaeology and linguistics, a revolution in the study of genetics, and cutting-edge analysis of ancient DNA are dramatically changing our picture of prehistory, leading us to question what we thought we knew about these ancient peoples. This paradigm-shifting book paints a spirited portrait of a restless people that challenges our established ways of looking at Europe’s past. The story is more complex than at first believed, with new evidence suggesting that the European gene pool was stirred vigorously multiple times. Genetic clues are also enhancing our understanding of European mobility in epochs with written records, including the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, the spread of the Slavs, and the adventures of the Vikings. Now brought completely up to date with all the latest findings from the fast-moving fields of genetics, DNA, and dating, Jean Manco’s highly readable account weaves multiple strands of evidence into a startling new history of the continent, of interest to anyone who wants to truly understand Europeans’ place in the ancient world.

    • Gardening

Indoor Kitchen Gardening

Turn Your Home Into a Year-round Vegetable Garden * Microgreens * Sprouts * Herbs * Mushrooms * Tomatoes, Peppers & More
Author: Elizabeth Millard
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
ISBN: 1610589815
Category: Gardening
Page: 224
View: 7696
DIVIt takes just a few dollars and a few days for you to start enjoying fresh, healthy produce grown indoors in your own home./divDIV/divDIVImagine serving a home-cooked meal highlighted with beet, arugula, and broccoli microgreens grown right in your kitchen, accompanied by sautéed winecap mushrooms grown in a box of sawdust in your basement. And if you have never tasted microgreens, all you really need to do is envision all the flavor of an entire vegetable plant concentrated into a single tantalizing seedling. If you respond to the notion of nourishing your guests with amazing, fresh, organic produce that you’ve grown in your own house, condo, apartment, basement, or sunny downtown office, then you’ll love exploring the expansive new world of growing and eating that can be discovered with the help of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. Inside, author and Bossy Acres CSA co-owner Elizabeth Millard teaches you how to grow microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and more—all inside your own home, where you won’t have to worry about seasonal changes or weather conditions. Filled with mouthwatering photography and more than 200 pages of DIY in-home gardening information and projects, Indoor Kitchen Gardening is your gateway to this exciting new growing method—not just for garnishes or relishes, but wholesome, nutritious, organic edibles that will satisfy your appetite as much as your palate./div

    • Babylon (Extinct city)

The Rise and Fall of Babylon

Gateway of the Gods
Author: Anton Gill
Publisher: Quercus Books
ISBN: 9780857386649
Category: Babylon (Extinct city)
Page: 192
View: 5970
Anton Gill charts the history of Babylon, home of the Hanging Gardens and a wonder of the ancient world in itself. He chronicles the city's rise under Hammurabi, its fortunes in the centuries that followed, its golden age under a dynasty of Chaldean kings, and the life of its last great king, Nebuchadnezzar II.

    • History

Rose of the World


Author: Daniel Andreev
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0966275799
Category: History
Page: 454
View: 8405
Completed in 1958, and not published until 1990 due to Soviet censorship, Daniel Andreev reviewed and summarized the entirety of world progress, calling it a meta-philosophy of history. In the centuries ahead he saw calamities to envelop the world, to be culminated by the reign of Rose of the World. This is an international movement unifying the best of all religious and philosophic teachings, and a worldwide Federation of governments, harmonically regulating economic and social movements in the interests of the spiritual development of a person. Rose of the World will install a genuine golden age in our world and abolish poverty, tyranny, war, and violence. Daniel Andreev at the same time had visions of other worlds, both subterranean and celestial, and recorded them, with the struggle between good and evil, and the progress of humans for the goal of moral perfection. A New Translation of selections from the Russian into English by Daniel H. Shubin, for the American Reader.

    • History

Greece and Mesopotamia

Dialogues in Literature
Author: Johannes Haubold
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107010764
Category: History
Page: 222
View: 4465
This book proposes a new approach to the study of ancient Greek and Mesopotamian literature. Ranging from Homer and Gilgamesh to Herodotus and the Babylonian-Greek author Berossos, it paints a picture of two literary cultures that, over the course of time, became profoundly entwined. Along the way, the book addresses many questions that are of interest to the student of the ancient world: how did the literature of Greece relate to that of its eastern neighbours? What did ancient readers from different cultures think it meant to be human? Who invented the writing of universal history as we know it? How did the Greeks come to divide the world into Greeks and 'barbarians', and what happened when they came to live alongside those 'barbarians' after the conquests of Alexander the Great? In addressing these questions, the book draws on cutting-edge research in comparative literature, postcolonial studies and archive theory.

    • History

Journeys on the Silk Road

A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book
Author: Joyce Morgan,Conrad Walters
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762787333
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 2298
When a Chinese monk broke into a hidden cave in 1900, he uncovered one of the world’s great literary secrets: a time capsule from the ancient Silk Road. Inside, scrolls were piled from floor to ceiling, undisturbed for a thousand years. The gem within was the Diamond Sutra of AD 868. This key Buddhist teaching, made 500 years before Gutenberg inked his press, is the world’s oldest printed book. The Silk Road once linked China with the Mediterranean. It conveyed merchants, pilgrims and ideas. But its cultures and oases were swallowed by shifting sands. Central to the Silk Road’s rediscovery was a man named Aurel Stein, a Hungarian-born scholar and archaeologist employed by the British service. Undaunted by the vast Gobi Desert, Stein crossed thousands of desolate miles with his fox terrier Dash. Stein met the Chinese monk and secured the Diamond Sutra and much more. The scroll’s journey—by camel through arid desert, by boat to London’s curious scholars, by train to evade the bombs of World War II—merges an explorer’s adventures, political intrigue, and continued controversy. The Diamond Sutra has inspired Jack Kerouac and the Dalai Lama. Its journey has coincided with the growing appeal of Buddhism in the West. As the Gutenberg Age cedes to the Google Age, the survival of the Silk Road’s greatest treasure is testament to the endurance of the written word.

    • History

Hidden Warships

Finding World War II's Abandoned, Sunk, and Preserved Warships
Author: Nicholas A. Veronico
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 1627886648
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 6022
As close as you can get to the world's warship wrecks without getting your feet wet Sunk by enemy fire, scuttled, or run aground, the number of World War II-era battleships, cruisers, submarines, and other warships that ended their service on the bottom of the world's oceans and seas is enormous. In the decades since the conflict, wreck hunters have pored over historical records and combed the world's oceans to find their remains. In Hidden Warships, naval historian Nicholas A. Veronico details the history, recovery, and preservation of these sunken combat ships--including accounts from the divers and restorers who have worked with them. Beginning with the Japanese midget submarines that attacked Pearl Harbor and continuing through into the modern era, including the 2006 sinking of the postwar aircraft carrier USS Oriskany, Veronico provides rich detail on each noteworthy vessel, including over 150 photographs, ship specifications, geographic coordinates, and more. For the enthusiast who wants an even more complete experience, the book concludes with a list of preserved ships, an Internet resource guide, and a suggested reading list to continue the exploration. Whether you plan on visiting these historic sites yourself or simply enjoy their compelling stories, Hidden Warships will guide you, above the surface and underwater, through some of the most famous relics of World War II naval warfare.

    • History

The Shadow King

The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy
Author: Jo Marchant
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0306821346
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 9228
More than 3,000 years ago, King Tutankhamun's desiccated body was lovingly wrapped and sent into the future as an immortal god. After resting undisturbed for more than three millennia, King Tut's mummy was suddenly awakened in 1922. Archaeologist Howard Carter had discovered the boy-king's tomb, and the soon-to-be famous mummy's story--even more dramatic than King Tut's life--began. The mummy's "afterlife" is a modern story, not an ancient one. Award-winning science writer Jo Marchant traces the mummy's story from its first brutal autopsy in 1925 to the most recent arguments over its DNA. From the glamorous treasure hunts of the 1920s to today's high-tech scans in volatile modern Egypt, Marchant introduces us to the brilliant and sometimes flawed people who have devoted their lives to revealing the mummy's secrets, unravels the truth behind the hyped-up TV documentaries, and explains what science can and can't tell us about King Tutankhamun.

    • History

Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them


Author: Nancy Marie Brown
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466879130
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 9643
In the early 1800's, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard's Chess with them in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Housed at the British Museum, they are among its most visited and beloved objects. Questions abounded: Who carved them? Where? Nancy Marie Brown's Ivory Vikings explores these mysteries by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics, and the history of board games. In the process, Ivory Vikings presents a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea-road connected countries and islands we think of as far apart and culturally distinct: Norway and Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, and Greenland and North America. The story of the Lewis chessmen explains the economic lure behind the Viking voyages to the west in the 800s and 900s. And finally, it brings from the shadows an extraordinarily talented woman artist of the twelfth century: Margret the Adroit of Iceland.

    • Fiction

The New Machiavelli


Author: H. G. Wells
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 1473345405
Category: Fiction
Page: 444
View: 8208
“The New Machiavelli” is a novel written by H. G. Wells, first published in 1911. The plot was well-known to have been based on Wells' affair with Amber Reeves and a satire of Beatrice and Sidney web; and, as such, was constituted a veritable literary scandal at the time. An interesting and entertaining story of life and loves, “The New Machiavelli” will not disappoint fans of Wells work and deserves a place on every bookshelf. Contents include: “The Making Of A Man”, “Concerning A Book That Was Never Written”, “Bromstead And My Father”, “Margaret In London”, et cetera. Herbert George Wells (1866 – 1946) was a prolific English writer who wrote in a variety of genres, including the novel, politics, history, and social commentary. Today, he is perhaps best remembered for his contributions to the science fiction genre thanks to such novels as “The Time Machine” (1895), “The Invisible Man” (1897), and “The War of the Worlds” (1898). Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

    • Religion

The Orthodox Way


Author: Kallistos Ware,Kallistos (Bishop of Diokleia)
Publisher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press
ISBN: 9780913836583
Category: Religion
Page: 164
View: 2259
First published in 1979.