Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana, and Babylonia: Including a Residence Among the Bakhtiyari and Other Wild Tribes Before the Discovery of Nineveh

Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana, and Babylonia: Including a Residence Among the Bakhtiyari and Other Wild Tribes Before the Discovery of Nineveh

Paperback Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology

By (author) Austen Henry Layard

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 516 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 33mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 29 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1108043429
  • ISBN 13: 9781108043427
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 1 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 2 maps

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Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-94) was one of the leading British archaeologists of the Victorian period. His excavations at Nimrud and Nineveh led to important discoveries about ancient Mesopotamia, particularly about the Assyrian civilisation, and his popular books such as Nineveh and its Remains (1849) brought archaeology to a wide audience. This two-volume work, first published in 1887, tells the story of an 'adventurous journey' Layard had made over forty years earlier, in 1840-2. He learnt Arabic and Persian and travelled widely, even among tribal peoples notorious for their lawlessness. These included the mountain-dwelling Bakhtiyari, who were under threat from the Persian ruler. Volume 1 describes the ancient sites Layard visited at the start of his journey, his encounters with the authorities in several cities, the warm hospitality he experienced in the household of the Bakhtiyari chiefs, and their customs, including a lion hunt and recitations of poetry.

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Table of contents

1. Introductory; 2. Leave Jerusalem; 3. Leave Petra; 4. The ruins of Ammon; 5. Mr. Consul Wherry; 6. Leave Baghdad; 7. Leave Hamadan; 8. Departure from Isfahan; 9. Excursion to Mal-emir; 10. Demands upon Mehemet Taki Khan.