Babylon under western eyes : a study of allusion and myth

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Full title: Babylon under western eyes : a study of allusion and myth / Andrew Scheil.
Main author: Scheil, Andrew P., 1968- (Author)
Format: Book           


Physical Description: xvi, 343 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary: "Babylon under Western Eyes examines the mythic legacy of ancient Babylon, the Near Eastern city which has served western culture as a metaphor for power, luxury, and exotic magnificence for more than two thousand years. Sifting through the many references to Babylon in biblical, classical, medieval, and modern texts, Andrew Scheil uses Babylon's remarkable literary ubiquity as the foundation for a thorough analysis of the dynamics of adaptation and allusion in western literature. Touching on everything from Old English poetry to the contemporary apocalyptic fiction of the "Left Behind" series, Scheil outlines how medieval Christian society and its cultural successors have adopted Babylon as a political metaphor, a degenerate archetype, and a place associated with the sublime."--