By Don Nardo
Mesopotamia, the "land among the rivers," was once the location of the world's first actual towns, empires, large-scale engineering tasks, and written literature. The background, tradition, and contributions of the pivotal civilizations that inhabited the world are awarded in bright element during this quantity, together with the increase and fall of Sumeria, Babylonia, Assyria, and Persia. (20030501)
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But many of these rivals of Antigonus were as ambitious and ruthless as he was. And on more than one occasion they formed coalitions against him and his equally power-hungry son, Demetrius Poliorcetes, who later became famous for his massive siege of the island of Rhodes. C. IncredThe Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesopotamia Antiochus ibly, he went down fighting, though he was now eighty. Among the victors that day was the resilient Seleucus, who had already reestablished himself in Mesopotamia.
King of the world, king of Babylon . . the first son of Seleucus, the king . . of Babylon, am I. . , the forty-third year since Seleucus established his empire], the . . true temple, the house of Nabu, which is in [the town of] Borsippa, I did lay. O Nabu . . regard [me] joyfully and, at your lofty command which is unchanging, may the overthrow of the countries of my enemies . . just kingship, [and] a happy reign . . be [your] gift for the kingship of Antiochus . . forever. ) inherThe Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesopotamia ited a war with Ptolemaic Egypt; and to help facilitate peace, he married Berenice, daughter of Ptolemy II.
Three thousand captives I burned with fire,” he boasts in his annals. ” Other typical atrocities included cutting off noses, ears, fingers, and impaling people on sharp stakes. Surprisingly, however, this clearly sadistic ruler was also a great builder. At Kalhu (modern Nimrud) he erected temples, military barracks, and dozens of other structures; and it was said that he inaugurated these works with a feast that fed almost seventy thousand people for ten days. SEE ALSO: Assyrian Empire; Nimrud Ashur-uballit I (ca.