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The Final Sack of Nineveh

Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2001 at 12:51 PM CT

Book Details

Format: Hardcover, 247pp.
ISBN: 0300074182
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pub. Date: December 1998

Book Description
from The Reader's Catalog

The "final sack" of Nineveh is its modern-day destruction by air pollution and looting. In 1989 art historian and archaeologist Russell documented the palace, through early excavation images and his own photographs, in its now-lost glory.

From the Publisher

In the "Palace without Rival" at Nineveh, the Assyrian King Sennacherib immortalised his 701 B.C. campaign against Jerusalem with a series of spectacular wall relief sculptures. Amazingly, when the palace was rediscovered twenty-five centuries later in 1847, the sculpture in the throne room areas remained largely intact. But today, air pollution, animal damage, vandalism, neglect, and - worst of all - looting for the international antiquities market by Iraq's own sanctions-striken people, have brought ruin to the palace. The splendour of Sennacherib's palace now survives only in this irreplaceable book. Art historian and archaeologist John Malcolm Russell, who in 1989 set about creating the only extensive photographic record of the palace architecture, sculptures, and inscriptions ever made, has preserved in pictures much that has since been lost. This book is not only a major contribution to the understanding of Assyrian palatial art and architecture, it is also the key to safeguarding the treasures of Sennacherib's palace and other ancient sites, for Russell proposes standards in archaeological excavation, documentation, and public policy that will help preserve cultural artifacts in an unstable world.

From the book

Table of Contents
Foreword 6
Acknowledgements 7
Introduction 9

1 Historiography 13
The Sources for This Study 20
History of the Excavations 23
Description of the Documentation Work 27

2 Sennacherib's Throne-Room Suite 31
Architecture 31
Sculpture 36
Inscriptions 44

3 Patterns of Destruction 45
Recommendations 49
Notes 52
Plates 53
Catalogue of Sculptures in Sennacherib's Throne-Room Suite 217

App The Court H Colossus Inscriptions 243 Bibliography 245
Index 248

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