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The Historical and Cultural Memory of the Babylonian World
Collecting Fragments from the 'Centre of the World'

M. Ramazzotti (ed.)
approx. 150 p., 30 b/w ill. + 5 colour ill., 2 b/w tables, 216 x 280 mm, 2021
ISBN: 978-2-503-59536-8
Languages: English
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The Historical and Cultural Memory of the Babylonian World

In the study of the ancient world, Babylon can be considered as the most impressive representation, historically, archaeologically, and in literature, of urbanism in the Near East. This first example of an urban centre and its cultural heritage — both tangible and intangible — provides a focal point for discussions of historical and cultural memory in the region. The eleven contributions gathered together here draw together multidisciplinary research into Babylonian culture, exploring the epistemic foundations, contacts, resilience, and cultural transmission of the city and its milieu from ancient times up until the modern day. Through this approach, this volume is able to support the conversation of the historical and cultural memory of Babylon and promote a dialogue that cuts across and unites both cultures and academic disciplines.

Marco Ramazzotti is researcher and professor of Archaeology and Art History of the Ancient Near East in the Sapienza University of Rome. Since the 90s he has participated in many archaeological excavations, prospections, surveys, and restoration field projects in the Western Asia, Africa and Arabia.
Table of Contents

Section I. The Epistemic Foundation of the Historical and Cultural Memory of Babylon

The Historical and Cultural Memory of Babylon: Collecting Fragments of the ‘Centre of the World’ — MARCO RAMAZZOTTI

Babylon as Seen by Babylonians — FRANCIS JOANNÈS

Traces of Babylon in the Old Testament — ALESSANDRO CATASTINI

Section II. Semantic Waves in the Historical and Cultural Memory of Babylon

The View of Babylon in Hittite Texts — RITA FRANCIA

The Perception of Babylonia in the Historical Memory of the Assyrians between Evocation and Negation, and its Reflections in the Urbanization of the Imperial Seats — RITA DOLCE

From Plains to Mountains: Literary and Cultural Models between Mesopotamia and Urarṭu — ROBERTO DAN and MARIE-CLAUDE TRÉMOUILLE

The ‘Mesopotamian Connection’: An Overview about South Arabian Data Relating to Mesopotamia (1st Millennium BCE) — ALESSIO AGOSTINI

A ‘Persian conception of urbanism’ as Seen from the Results of New Field Researches in Fars (Southern Iran) — PIERFRANCESCO CALLIERI

Section III. The Literary Form of Cultural Memory of Babylon

Reversing and Reinventing the Centre of the World: Iranian and Zoroastrian Perception of the Old Babylon — GIANFILIPPO TERRIBILI

Receiving Knowledge of the Past: Narratives of Babylon in the Medieval Arabic Culture — LEONARDO CAPEZZONE

Untranslatable Babel: A Quick Glance at the Contemporary Reception of the Biblical Myth — GIOVANNI GRECO

Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Ancient history & archaeology: Africa & Asia
India & South Asia
Mesopotamia & Iranian plateau (Middle East)
Non Indo-European langs & lits
Semitic langs & lits
Non-Semitic languages & literatures of the Middle East

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