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A History of Iraq by Charles Tripp (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
Mesopotamia by Julian Reade (British Museum Press, 1991)
Islam and the Myth of Confrontation: Religion and Politics in the Middle East by Fred Halliday (IB Tauris, 2003)
Babylonians by HWF Saggs (British Museum Press, 2000)
Mesopotamian Myths by Henrietta McCall (British Museum Press, 1990)
Places to visit
The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Telephone: 020 7323 8000. The British Museum holds a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures. Housed in one of Britain's architectural landmarks, the collection spans two million years of human history.
Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris. Tel. (33) 01 40 20 50 50. Fax (33) 01 40 20 54 42. One of the oldest museums in Europe. The collections span millennia, dating from the birth of the great antique civilisations right up to the first half of the 19th century.
About the author
Dan Cruickshank is one of the country's leading architectural and historic building experts and a regular presenter on the BBC. He is an active member of the Georgian Group and the Architectural Panel of the National Trust and director of the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust. Dan is a frequent contributor to The Architects' Journal and The Architectural Review and is author of Life in The Georgian City and The Guide to the Georgian Buildings of Britain and Ireland.