King Hammurabi of Babylon: A Biography

King Hammurabi of Babylon: A Biography

Author(s): Marc Van De Mieroop

Published Online: 16 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405126595

Online ISBN: 9780470696095

DOI: 10.1002/9780470696095

About this Book

This is the first biography in English of King Hammurabi, who ruled Babylon from 1792 to 1750 BC and presents a rounded view of his accomplishments.


  • Describes how Hammurabi dealt with powerful rivals and extended his kingdom.
  • Draws on the King's own writings and on diplomatic correspondence that has only recently become available.
  • Explores the administration of the kingdom and the legacies of his rule, especially his legal code.
  • Demonstrates how Hammurabi's conquests irrevocably changed the political organization of the Near East, so that he was long remembered as one of the great kings of the past.
  • Written to be accessible to a general audience.

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