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Ninevah and it's Remains: Clas

Ninevah and it's Remains: Clas

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By (author) Austen Henry Layard

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  • Publisher: The Lyons Press
  • Format: Paperback | 385 pages
  • Dimensions: 151mm x 210mm x 30mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Guilford
  • ISBN 10: 1585743941
  • ISBN 13: 9781585743940
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 1,187,939

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A rise, go to Nineveh, that great city, " said the Lord to Jonah. For centuries, generations of scholars pondered the historical truth of the Scriptures. Had Ninevah actually been a great city? The question would remain unsolved for centuries. But in 1839, a twenty-two-year-old Londoner named Austen Henry Layard left England for Ceylon, modern-day Sri Lanka, seeking a less dreary place in which to practice law. He never got there. Traveling by land, he reached the town of Mosul, on the banks of the Tigris, and spent the next ten years in Persia. Driven by little more than an insatiable well of desire for discovery, Layard soon became the foremost archeologist of his time, and discovered the ancient ruins of Ninevah at the tender age of thirty one.While the British Museum unloaded hundreds of tons of sculpture from Layard's excavations, Layard wrote "Nineveh and Its Remains," a popular account of his discoveries reprinted in an abridged form here. The book appeared to rapturous acclaim and sold out numerous printings. Everyone loved the fluent mix of high adventure and archaeology in his books, the intoxicating stew of compelling characters and sudden crises. He made the Assyrians accessible to the common person and brought alive a shadowy Biblical civilization. The book made Austen Henry Layard one of the archaeological immortals, who achieved miracles of discovery against seemingly impossible odds.Originally published in 1851, "Nineveh and Its Remains" is Layard's account of his extraordinary discoveries in the East. This masterpiece, described by the London Times as "the most extraordinary work of the present age, " is one of the great archeological books of all time.

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"One of the great archeology books of all time."--"Brian Fagan from his introduction "

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Layard became the foremost archeologist of his time, and discovered the ancient ruins of Nineveh at the tender age of thirty-one. While the British Museum unloaded hundreds of tons of sculpture from Layard's excavation, Layard wrote Nineveh and Its Remains, a popular account of his discoveries reprinted here in an unabridged form. The book appeared to rapturous acclaim and sold out numerous printings. Readers loved the fluent mix of high adventure and archeology in his books, and intoxicating stew of compelling characters and sudden crises. He made the Assyrians accessible to the common person and brought alive a shadowy Biblical civilization. This book, here with a brand-new introduction by Brian Fagan, made Austen Henry Layard one of the archeological immortals who achieved miracles of discovery against seemingly impossible odds. (6 x 9, 432 pages, illustrations)