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Assyria from the Earliest Times to the Fall of Nineveh George  Smith

Assyria from the Earliest Times to the Fall of Nineveh

George Smith

Published January 23rd 2015
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Kindle Edition
220 pages
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George Smith (1840 – 1876), was a pioneering English Assyriologist who first discovered and translated the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest-known written works of literature. His Chaldean Account of Genesis (1876) became one of the best-sellingMoreGeorge Smith (1840 – 1876), was a pioneering English Assyriologist who first discovered and translated the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest-known written works of literature. His Chaldean Account of Genesis (1876) became one of the best-selling books of its time. He 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 of broken cuneiform tablets. Promotion followed, and after one of Smiths 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 1875, he published a history of Assyria for the Ancient History from the Monuments series. Using biblical accounts as well as the Akkadian documents in clay and stone then being excavated in the area, Smith traces the history of the Assyrian empire from its origins until the fall of Nineveh in 612 BCE.This book published in 1897 has been reformatted for the Kindle and may contain an occasional defect from the original publication or from the reformatting.