The Conquest of Assyria: Excavations in an Antique LandHardback
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- Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
- Format: Hardback | 408 pages
- Dimensions: 182mm x 246mm x 34mm | 1,261g
- Publication date: 16 October 1996
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 041514356X
- ISBN 13: 9780415143561
- Illustrations note: 62 b&w photographs
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....Larsen's fascinating study should appeal to anyone with an interest in archaeology and ancient history."-"Library Journal, 11/15/96 ." . . the story combines always engaging historical backdrops, the suspense and satisfaction of detecting solutions to vast and complex puzzles, flamboyant personalities devoting their lives to their quests and prevailing over adversity and insouciance, glittering incidental characters, and an almost magical triumph, bringing a civilization back from oblivion into history, and causing words that had disappeared from memory for thousands of years to be read again."-Matthew W. Stolper, University "This book is an important addition to any Assyriological library, but it is also of great significance to anyone interested in the history of archaeology and of museums, or in Victorian intellectual history."--Piotr Michalowski, "AJA "Mogens Trolle Larsen has written a masterpiece! His account of explorations in Assyria reads like a novel, so hard is it to put down. But a novel it is not. Deeply informed by yeas of reading in unpublished letters, diaries, and reports, he has the details to give vivid body to his narrative with extensive quotations from the orgininal players in their own words - noble, patriotic, self-serving, or deceitful...I consider this one of the very best books on the ancient Near East to appear in many years. It is sure to become a classic.."-Robert D. Biggs, University of Chicago, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, April 2000.