The Conquest of Assyria
Excavations in An Antique Land, 1840-1860Book - 1996
This volume recounts the adventures of a group of rather uncoventional people who excavated the great cities and palaces of the Ancient Near East. Charting the early discoveries, this archaeogical adventure is told in a series of close portraits of those involved. From the dramatic discoveries of colossal palaces, through to the triumphant decipherment of cuneiform, the opium smoking Botta and the restless romantic Layard were the principal characters. However, this volume also takes a look at the lesser known figures such as the learned soldier Colonel Rawlinson, the would-be Englishman and Christian Arab Hormuzd Rassam, and the Irish country parson, Edward Hincks. The lives and achievements of these people offer an unparalleled view of the intellectual and scientific establishment of the High Victorian period and the way in which the new discoveries were received. Based on substantial amounts of new research including the Layard papers and private correspondence, this volume aims to evoke the spirit of the age in a lively and readable way.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Routledge, 1996.
Branch Call Number: 930. 1 LAR
Characteristics: xiv, 390 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, ports.