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Title:Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon
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Publisher:Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN:0312330022
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Number of Pages:424
Category:History, Non fiction, Biography, Archaeology, Ancient history, Language

Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon by Lesley Adkins

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon From Henry Rawlinson fearless soldier sportsman and imperial adventurer of the first rank spent twenty five years in India Iran Iraq and Afghanistan in the service of the East India Company During this time he survived the dangers of disease and warfare including the disastrous First Anglo Afghan War A gifted linguist fascinated by history and exploration he became obsessed with cuneiform the world s earliest writing An immense inscription high on a sheer rock face at Bisitun in the mountains of western Iran carved on the orders of King Darius the Great of Persia over years ago was the key to understanding the many cuneiform scripts and languages Only Rawlinson had the physical and intellectual skills courage self motivation and opportunity to make the perilous ascent and copy the monument .

Here Lesley Adkins relates the story of Rawlinson s life and how he triumphed in deciphering the lost languages of Persia and Babylonia overcoming his brilliant but bitter rival Edward Hincks While based in Baghdad Rawlinson became involved in the very first excavations of the ancient mounds of Mesopotamia from Nineveh to Babylon an area that had been fought over by so many powerful empires His decipherment of the inscriptions resurrected unsuspected civilizations revealing intriguing details of everyday life and forgotten historical events By proving to the astonished Victorian public that people and places in the Old Testament really existed and furthermore that documents and chronicles had survived from well before the writing of the Bible Rawlinson became a celebrity and assured his own place in history

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