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Nineveh and its remains : with an account of a visit to the Chaldæan Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or devil-worshippers, and an inquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians

Author: Austen Henry Layard; Oliver Wendell Holmes Collection (Library of Congress); G.P. Putnam & Co.,
Publisher: New York : George P. Putnam, 1849.
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Layard, Austen Henry, Sir, 1817-1894.
Nineveh and its remains.
New York, G.P. Putnam, 1849
(OCoLC)656589970
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Austen Henry Layard; Oliver Wendell Holmes Collection (Library of Congress); G.P. Putnam & Co.,
OCLC Number: 5995129
Description: 2 volumes : illustrations, map, plans ; 25 cm
Contents: XI. Death of Tahyar Pasha --
Excavations carried on --
Discoveries in the Northwest Palace --
New chambers and bas-reliefs --
Ivory ornaments and cartouches with hieroglyphics --
Painted chambers --
Pottery --
Discover of upper chambers --
Paintings on the walls --
Pavement slabs --
Discoveries in the centre of the mound --
Tombs containing vases and ornaments --
Their Egyptian character coveries in the Southwest edifice --
Crouching Sphinxes --
Sculptures --
A description of the bas-reliefs --
Small figures in unbaked clay --
A beam of wood --
Discovery of more tombs in the Southeast corner --
Of chambers beneath them --
Of an arched or vaulted room --
Discoveries in various parts of the mound --
XII. Excavations undertaken at Kalah Sherghat --
Departure for the ruins --
Senidij --
The Bitumen pits --
Abd-rubbou --
My reception --
Reach the ruins --
Fears of the workmen --
Discovery of a sitting figure --
Arab encampment --
Arab life --
Excavations in the mound --
Discovery of tombs --
Remains of a building --
Description of the mounds --
Return to Nimroud --
XIII. System of irrigation adopted by the ancient Assyrians --
Want of rain --
Fears for the crops --
Preparations for the removal of a winged bull and winged lion --
Construction of a cart --
Surprises of the natives --
Discovery of a bas-relief --
Of a drain --
Lowering of the winged bull --
Its removal from the ruins --
Excitement of the Arabs --
Rejoicings in the village --
The Bull dragged down to the rive --
The removal of the lion --
Discontent amongst the Arabs --
They leave the ruins --
rafts prepared for the transport of the sculptures to Busrah --
The lion and bull place upon them --
Their departure from Nimroud --
return of the Arabs --
Excavations commenced in the pyramid --
Conclusion of the excavations at Nimroud --
General description of the ruins --
XIV. Excavations planned at Kouyunjik --
Leave Nimroud --
Remove to Mosul --
Discovery of a building in Kouyunjik --
Bas-reliefs --
General description of the Sculptures --
Excavations carried on by Mr. Ross --
His discoveries --
Bas-reliefs --
A sculptured slab and sarcophagus --
Preparations for my return to Constantinople --
Leave Mosul. Part II: I. Materials for the history of Assyria --
Comparative dates of monuments --
Assyrian writing --
The Cuneiform --
Its varieties --
Assyrian records --
Writing materials --
Monumental records --
Bricks and tiles --
Progress in deciphering --
Assyrian monuments of various periods --
The ivory ornaments --
Cartouches --
Connection between Assyria and Egypt --
Historical evidence of period of NInus --
The Assyrian dynastics --
The tombs at Nimroud --
Antiquity of Nineveh --
II. Semitic origin of the Assyrians --
Identification of the site of Nineveh --
Dimensions of the city --
Architecture of the Assyrians --
Their first cities --
Building materials --
Sun-dried bricks --
Alabaster --
Painted walls --
The roof and ceiling --
Knowledge of vaulting and the arch --
Pavement and drains --
Description of an Assyrian palace --
The sculptured and pictorial records --
The nature of the building discovered in Assyria --
exterior architecture --
Private houses --
Absence of the column --
Walls of the cities --
Their towers and gateways --
III. The arts amongst the Assyrians --
Their origin --
Connection between Assyrian and Greek art --
The Assyrian origin of Persian art --
Its passage into Asia Minor --
The Lycian sculptures --
Various Greek ornaments and forms borrowed from Assyria --
Taste of Assyrians displayed in embroideries, arms, and personal ornaments --
In domestic furniture --
In vessels of gold and silver --
Paintings --
Ezekiel's description of painted bas-reliefs --
Colors used by the Assyrians --
Their dyes --
Materials for sculpture --
Alabaster or mosul marble --
Limestone and basalt --
Knowledge of mechanics --
The pulley mode of transport of blocks of stone --
IV. Costume of the Assyrian kings --
Their arms --
The Eunuchs --
Their dress --
The history of Parsondes --
Officers of state --
The warriors --
Their armor --
Their costume --
Spearmen --
Archers --
Helmets --
Arms --
Slingers --
Shields --
Regular troops --
Chariots --
Harness and caparison of the horses --
Cavalry --
Horses. V. Military system of the Assyrians --
Magnitude of their armies --
their pomp --
Sieges --
The battering ram and other engines of war --
Mode of defense --
Scaling the walls --
Sack of a city --
Treatment of the captives and of the city --
Knowledge of ship building --
earliest vessels --
Later vessels, as represented at Khorsabad and Kouyunijik --
Enemies of the Assyrians --
Distinguished by their dress 00 Armenians and Parthians or Persians --
Captives and tribute from India --
The Arabs --
The Jews --
The Babylonians --
The Phoenicians --
Northern nations --
Identification of enemies of the Assyrians with those of the Egyptians --
VI. Private life of the Assyrians --
Public festivals --
Music --
Manufactures --
Embroideries and carpets --
Metal --
Gold and silver --
Iron and copper --
Ivory --
Glass --
Agriculture --
Domestic animals --
Wild animals --
The lion --
The wild bull --
The Ibex --
Hunting --
Packs or paradises --
Wild animals brought as tribute --
The bactrian camel, elephant, and rhinoceros --
Monkeys and apes --
Birds --
Fish --
Trees --
VII. Religion of the Assyrians --
distinction between earliest and latest period --
Sabaenism --
and worship of the heavenly bodies --
Identity of Assyrian and Persian systems of fire-worship --
The Chaldeans --
Religious emblems in the sculptures --
The winged figure in the circle --
Baal or Belus --
hera, Venus, or Astarte --
Rhea --
Nisroch or eagle-headed god --
The gryphon --
Winged bulls and lions --
The sphinx --
mythological figures --
Symbolic figures of Ezekiel --
Oannes or the man-fish --
Fire-worship --
The magi --
Flowers and sacred emblems --
Influence of religion on public and private life --
Mode of burial --
Tomb of NInus --
Death and tomb of Sardanapalus --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: by Austen Henry Layard.

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