Assyrian Discoveries

Assyrian Discoveries : An Account of Explorations and Discoveries on the Site of Nineveh, during 1873 and 1874

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The Assyriologist George Smith (1840-76) was trained originally as an engraver, but was enthralled by the discoveries of Layard and Rawlinson. He taught himself cuneiform script, and joined the British Museum as a 'repairer' or matcher of broken cuneiform tablets. Promotion followed, and after one of Smith's most significant discoveries among the material sent to the Museum - a Babylonian story of a great flood - he was sent to the Middle East, where he found more inscriptions which contained other parts of the epic tale of Gilgamesh. In this 1875 work, a bestseller in its day, Smith describes his expedition, the difficulties encountered, and the discoveries, including hundreds of inscriptions which increased knowledge of the Babylonian and Assyrian civilisations but also had a profound effect on traditional biblical studies. Smith died in Aleppo in 1876, having revolutionised understanding of the ancient Near East.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 28 b/w illus.
  • 1139979744
  • 9781139979740

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Former excavations and discoveries in the valley of the Euphrates and Tigris; 2. Discoveries from 1866 to 1872; 3. From London to Mosul; 4. Visit to Babylonia; 5. Excavations at Nimroud; 6. Excavations at Kouyunjik; 7. From Mosul to England; 8. Second journey to Mosul; 9. Excavations at Kouyunjik; 10. Return from Assyria; 11. The Izdubar or Flood series of legends; 12. Early Babylonian texts; 13. Early Assyrian inscriptions; 14. Inscriptions of Tiglath Pileser II; 15. Inscriptions of Sargon; 16. Inscriptions of Sennacherib; 17. Inscriptions of Esarhaddon; 18. Inscriptions of Assurbanipal; 19. Inscriptions of Bel-Zakir-Iskun, king of Assyria, and his succession; 20. Miscellaneous texts; 21. Foreign inscriptions; 22. Objects illustrating arts and customs; 23. Conclusion; Index.
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