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Significance in history: breaking the cuneiform code. Behistun Rock. Cuneiform. Knowledge of Assyrians. Pre-1830s. Old Testament ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Assyrians


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  • Assyrians

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Henry Rawlinson
  • British officer, expert linguist, and classicist
  • Influenced by Reverend William Buckland
  • Believed the purpose of science was to conform
    the evidences of natural religion
  • Significance in history breaking the cuneiform
    code

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Behistun Rock
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Cuneiform
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Knowledge of Assyrians Pre-1830s
  • Old Testament
  • Assyrians appear as brutal conquerors who dragged
    the 10 lost tribes into captivity
  • Virtually nothing known of the Assyrians
    themselves

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Austen Henry Layard
  • Together with Paul Emile Botta he brought to
    light the history and culture of the ancient
    Assyrians

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Nineveh Fragments
  • George Smith
  • Rawlinsons Apprentice
  • 1872 pieces fragments together at British Museum

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Nimrud Gold
Excavated in 1988-1989 by Iraqi archaeologist
World Tour?
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Assyrians In Sum
  • Militaristic
  • Exploited the use of iron weapons to establish an
    empire
  • Strong Empire result of
  • Effective Communication
  • Absolute power of king
  • Effective military organization

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What Still Lies Beneath?
  • Only 10 uncovered/discovered?
  • Modern Day Problems
  • War
  • Looting of Iraq National Museum
  • Only 1/3 to ½ recovered
  • Bombing
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