Library of World History; Containing a Record of the Human Race from the Earliest Historical Period to the Present Time Embracing a General Survey of

Library of World History; Containing a Record of the Human Race from the Earliest Historical Period to the Present Time Embracing a General Survey of

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...written language of Assyria. The mounds of Assyria and Mesopotamia have yielded a mass of documents in the Assyrian language. Some of these are stone slabs bearing long historic inscriptions with which the walls of palaces are paneled, and which are wonderfully preserved to this day. Other memorials are the hollow cylinders, or, more properly, hexagonal or octagonal prisms, made of extremely thin terra-cotta, and which the Assyrian kings inscribed with the records of their actions and with many religious invocations, and deposited at the corners of temples. These cylinders are from a half yard to a yard high, and the inscriptions covering the outside face are arranged in columns, one of which occupies each side, reading from top to bottom. This writing was so wonderfully fine as to often require a good magnifying glass to decipher it. The cylinder of Tiglath-Pileser I. contains thirty lines in a space of six inches, or five lines to an inch, which is almost as close as the type of this book. The cylinder of Asshurbani-pal has six lines to the inch. The durability of these cylinders is attested by the fact that many of them still remain, and give us Physical Vigor. Inscribed Slabs and Cyl-inders. Inscribed Sculptures, Bricks and Clay Tablets. Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser II. Slab and Tablet Inscrip-tions. Rawlinson on Assyrian Basreliefs. most of our knowledge of the annals of this great people, as recorded by themselves twenty-five and thirty centuries ago. Besides slabs and cylinders, the written records of Assyria were inscribed upon the stone bulls and lions, stone obelisks, engraved seals, bricks and clay tablets. Both the sun-dried and kiln-burned bricks are stamped with legends, to preserve them from the two great dangers of Hood and fire, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 367g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236590074
  • 9781236590077