Tag Archives: Assyriology

The Bible as History

In my nerdy childhood, one of my favourite books was The Bible as History in Pictures, which offered black-and-white illustrations (often badly reproduced, and probably from nineteenth-century originals) of ancient sites and artefacts which could be related to the biblical … Continue reading

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Paris Parks and Assyriology for Beginners

Noon on an April Tuesday. Processing blurbs for forthcoming titles. One, packed with engravings, invites a pause: The Parks, Promenades and Gardens of Paris (1869) by the English horticulturalist William Robinson (1838–1935). Ceasing my labours, I begin to daydream (sorry, … Continue reading

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Yet More Things Found in Books

Alas, I’ve just removed four pieces of green blotting paper from the original copy of King and Hall’s History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria, In the Light of Recent Discovery, published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies … Continue reading

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The Father of Assyriology

One of the problems of being declared the Father of X must be that a skewing of perception takes place. Think of Herodotus, the Father of History, always shown as an ancient (though he may not have lived beyond sixty). … Continue reading

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