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A New Contribution to Assyrian History

Nature volume 71, pages 222223 (05 January 1905) | Download Citation



IN a handy little volume, to which we have much pleasure in directing the attention of our readers, Mr. L. W. King, oi the British Museum, has published the cuneiform text and a translation of a very important historical Assyrian document, which has been recently exhibited in the Assyrian and Babylonian room in the British Museum. This document is a slab of limestone, about 15J inches long and 11J inches wide, which is inscribed with sixty-seven lines of cuneiform text, thirty-seven lines being on the obverse and thirty on the reverse. The writing is in bold, well formed characters, but it seems to have been cut somewhat hurriedly, for the mason was obliged to make nine erasures, and in two passages he has left out a sign, apparently without having detected the omission. We need not discuss the palaeographical importance of the text, which is of considerable interest, and it is only necessary to state that it exhibits the style of Assyrian characters employed in monumental inscriptions in the early part of the thirteenth century before Christ.

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