The Conquest of Assyria: Excavations In An Antique Land

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The Conquest of Assyria tells what must surely be one of the most romantic tales of archaeological endeavour. The great cities and ancient palaces of Mesopotamia had lain buried for over two millenia, and were all but forgotten, half remembered in the Hebrew Bible and Classical texts. This volume records the dramatic finds, the decipherment of the cuneiform system of writing and the rediscovery of a lost civilisation.

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Overview

The Conquest of Assyria tells what must surely be one of the most romantic tales of archaeological endeavour. The great cities and ancient palaces of Mesopotamia had lain buried for over two millenia, and were all but forgotten, half remembered in the Hebrew Bible and Classical texts. This volume records the dramatic finds, the decipherment of the cuneiform system of writing and the rediscovery of a lost civilisation.

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Danish scholar Larsen has written a vivid narrative about the lives and activities of the creators of Assyrian archaeology. A prevailing preoccupation with biblical sites by 19th-century Europeans inspired a group of adventurous individuals, beginning in the 1840s, to excavate the ancient cities of the Middle East. The central character of this narrative is a young English Romantic, Austen Henry Layard, who becomes obsessed with the idea of uncovering the ruins of Nineveh, the capital city of the Assyrians. As Layard was preparing his dig at a site he believed to be Nineveh, an English officer in the area, Henry Rawlinson, was deciphering cuneiform, the writing system of the Assyrians. Layard and Rawlinson struck up one of the most productive archaeological partnerships in history, destined to uncover the remains of an ancient civilization and, by the decipherment of cuneiform, give it back its voice. Larsen's fascinating study should appeal to anyone with an interest in archaeology and ancient history. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.-Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415143561
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of plates
Preface and Acknowledgements
Pt. I The First Explorers
1 The mounds of Nineveh 3
2 Paolo Emilio Botta 14
3 The first palace appears 21
4 Austen Henry Layard 34
5 The journey into the East 40
6 Mesopotamia - the first impression 45
7 Indiana Jones among the Bakhtiyaris 52
8 Mosul and Constantinople 61
9 Nimrud 70
10 The ideal English soldier 79
11 The return of Nimrod 88
12 But is it art? 99
13 Cholera and small-mindedness 108
14 Monuments and inscriptions 115
15 Packing bulls and other luggage 125
16 Triumph and revolution 133
Pt. II The Excavation of Sennacherib's Palace
17 Home again 145
18 Depths of time 157
19 Eusebius or Moses? 166
20 The mysteries of cuneiform 177
21 Back to Constantinople 189
22 Mosul revisited 196
23 An encounter on Nimrud 206
24 Rawlinson in paradise 215
25 Palaces and treasures 228
26 Guests 236
27 Pastoral 244
28 Disasters and new discoveries 255
29 Summer in the palace 266
30 Babylonia 275
31 Goodbye to Assyria 286
Pt. III Victor Place and Hormuzd Rassam
32 Rawlinson gets it right 293
33 New men, new excavations 306
34 Jealousy and ill-feeling 317
35 War 333
36 Shipwreck 344
37 Fates 350
Notes 364
Bibliography 372
Index 381
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