Austen henry layard nineveh and its remains

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Nineveh and Its Remains by Austen Henry Layard

I read through some lovely original editions of these at the British Library, which no doubt helped to bring the text to life through the age of the ink and the serenity of the reading rooms. The book is hugely well-written. Having read bits from similar accounts of Mesopotamian remains from the period, I found this to have the most artistic and impressionistic merit. I dont want to give too much away for the sake of possible future university work, but suffice it to say that Layard writes with an eye for the contrapuntal relationship between past and present. Layard describes in detail the highs and lows which led to his excavations, including disputes among his workers, building equipment to remove artefacts, and obtaining funding from the British Museum, as well as the details of the archaeological sites themselves. The almost comically regular descriptions of artefacts crumbling upon exposure to the air gave me chills, and its in these moments that its intriguing to consider Layards feelings about his place in all of this. He knows hes pioneering the study of an ancient civilisation, yet he also seems sadly aware of how little he can do to preserve Nimrud from the elements and iconoclasts beyond what he sends to London. This has some painful contemporary resonance; to save it and study it was to pave the way for destruction.
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'Designed to Impress and Overwhelm' - A 3,000-year-old Assyrian Relief

In the middle of the nineteenth century, British archeologist Austen Henry Layard uncovered parts of several ancient Assyrian cities buried beneath the earth, including the capital of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, Nineveh. Nineveh was one of the greatest cities of its time and was an important religious center around BC.
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Nineveh and Its Remains

Layard Austen Henry Layard dressed in Bakhtyar tribe costume. Watercolour painted in Constantinople April 6 th , by Amadeo Preziosi. With permission from the British Museum. The overgrown hills turned out to be the remains of Nineveh.

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Nineveh and its remains: with an account of a visit to the Chaldaean Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or devil-worshippers; and an enquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians. Nineveh and its remains: with an account of a visit to the Chaldaean Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or devil-worshippers; and an inquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians. Nineveh and its remains : with an account of a visit to the Chaldean Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or devil-worshipers; and an inquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians. Nineveh and its remains : with an account of a visit to the Chaldean Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yesidis, or devil worshippers; and an inquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians. Nineveh and its remains: with an account of a visit to the Chald an Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or devilworshippers; and an enquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians.

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He is best known as the excavator of Nimrud and of Nineveh , where he uncovered a large proportion of the Assyrian palace reliefs known, and in the library of Ashurbanipal. Layard was born in Paris, France , to a family of Huguenot descent. His mother, Marianne, daughter of Nathaniel Austen, banker, of Ramsgate , was of partial Spanish descent. Edgar Leopold Layard the ornithologist was his brother. On 9 March at St. Their marriage was happy. They were childless.

The IS claims to have vandalized sculptures and bulldozed structures prior to the detonation of heavy explosives in the vicinity of the city's palaces. The IS has made grandiose claims about the extent of the destruction, but there has been virtually no outside confirmation of how much damage has actually been done at Nimrud. Nevertheless, the possibilities are troubling. But he soon fell in love with travel itself, and spent the next several years wandering in Persia, Asia Minor, and the Middle East. He was briefly appointed as a secretary to Sir Stratford Canning in Constantinople before departing for Iraq in to search for Assyrian antiquities. But, concerned about the watchful eyes of the people of the city, he instead selected a site some twenty miles south: the city of Nimrud.

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  1. Book digitized by Google from the library of Oxford University and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. First published in in 2 v.

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