This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XIII. THE FALL OF ASSHUR. 1. It is much to be regretted, though perhaps scarcely to be wondered at, that Assyrian monuments should utterly fail us for the short period after Asshurbanipal's death, during which the long score standing against Assyria was summarily wound up and paid in full. It is quite in accordance with what we know of Assyrian annalists, that they should be silenced by disasters, and besides, the end, coming so suddenly, must have been preceded by a time of convulsion and tumult, during which the last rulers of an empire, hastening headlong to dissolution, were not in the mood, nor had the leisure to build, to sculpture slabs and engrave inscriptions. We are therefore thrown entirely on Greek traditions and accounts, always incomplete, seldom trustworthy and very fragmentary. To reconstruct in a general way the course of events is about as tedious and uncertain an operation as recomposing a torn-up letter out of fragments rescued from the waste-paper basket, with many of the scraps lost. 2. We do not even know for certain whether Asshurbanipal's immediate successor were the last king of Assyria, or whether there was one more, or even two. In a corner of the great platform at Nimrud (Kalah), Layard uncovered the ruins of a comparatively small, poorly constructed, meanly ornamented building, the bricks of which bear the name of " Asshur-idiuli, king of Asshur, son of Asshurbanipal, king of Asshur, son of Esarhaddon, king of Asshur." But there are some fragments with still another royal name, and the last king of all is called by Herodotus and other Greek historians Sarakos, which could very well be an abbreviation and corruption of "Ass/iur-akhi-idina"; there are, too, a couple of small fragments which evidently refer to a time of...
|Title:||Assyria, from the Rise of the Empire to the Fall of Nineveh; (Continued from" The Story of Chaldea. " )||Publisher:||General Books|
|Author:||Znade Alexeevna Ragozin|
|No. of Pages:||106|
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