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Empires of the plain. Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon

Empires of the plain. Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon

Author: Lesley Adkins

ISBN: 978-954-320-289-8
Category: History
Cover: Paperback, Format: 16x23, Pages: 798, Weight: 399 g

Price: 18.00 lv

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The achievement of British linguist and researcher Henry Rawlinson is comparable in significance and scope only to the achievements of French Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion. Lesley Adkins, the author of a number of works on archaeology and ancient history, dedicates these pages to the scientific exploit of the Englishman, owing to which the Ancient East has become more easily understandable. The quests of Rawlinson, the clash with the mysterious Ancient Persian and Assyria-Babylon hieroglyphic inscriptions, their deciphering, the hard path of proving that to the scholarly community in Great Britain, the experiences in the countries of the Orient - this is the "subject" tissue of the work. But this is also a book about the passions and adventures of discovery, about the grandeur of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Persia and, most of all, about one of the most striking chapters in the history of archaeology: the deciphering of the lost languages of Babylon, brilliantly written by Henry Rawlinson, who, according to Daily Telegraph, seemed to have been a natural element, rather than a human being.

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