The Man Who Found Nineveh
by Robert Silverberg
- ????: Palste unterm Wstensand: Henry Austen Lagard findet Ninive, Hoch Hard cover book, ISBN 377790127X, 238 pp., in German as Palste unterm Wüstensand
- 1964: The Man Who Found Nineveh: The Story of Austen Henry Layard, Holt Rinehart Winston Hard cover book, 207 pp.
- 1968: The Man Who Found Nineveh: The Story of Austen Henry Layard, World's Work Hard cover book, 226 pp.
(from Holt Rinehart Winston 1964)
Adventure, archaeology, and ancient history are skillfully combined in this first biography for young readers of Austen Henry Layard, whose nineteeth-century excavation of the ancient city of Nineveh was a remarkable archaeological feat.
Set against the authentic background of the Assyrian kingdom, Mr. Silverberg's absorbing account traces Layard's travels through the Mesopotamian desert country, his experiences with the Arabian tribes, and his encounters with marauding Bedouins and Turks. Here, too, are the fascinating explorations of the huge mounds under which the dead cities of Assyria lay buried, explorations which led to his discovering the palaces of the great Assyrian kings, Sennacherib and Assurbanipal. The author also describes how Layard uncovered such prized artifacts as huge winged bulls, statuary reliefs, and alabaster slabs inscribed in cuneiform.
Most exciting is Mr. Silverberg's picture of the daring man who uncovered the glories of ancient kingdoms and added significantly to the wealth of history.
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