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This is an auction for EMPIRES OF THE PLAIN: HENRY RAWLINSON AND THE LOST LANGUAGES OF BABYLON, by Lesley Adkins.

Amazon.com review:

"From 1827 Henry Rawlinson spent twenty-five years in India, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan in the service of the East India Company, surviving the dangers of disease and the First Anglo-Afghan War. A gifted linguist, he became obsessed with cuneiform, the world's earliest writing. An immense inscription high on a rock face in the mountains of western Iran, carved on the orders of King Darius the Great of Persia over 2000 years ago, was the key to understanding the many cuneiform scripts and languages. Only Rawlinson had the physical and intellectual skills, courage, motivation and opportunity to make the ascent and copy the monument. Lesley Adkins relates the story of Rawlinson's life and how he triumphed in deciphering the languages of Persia and Babylonia, overcoming his brilliant rival Edward Hincks. While based in Baghdad, Rawlinson became involved in the first excavations of the ancient mounds of Mesopotamia, from Nineveh to Babylon, an area that had been fought over by many powerful empires. His decipherment of the inscriptions resurrected unsuspected civilizations, revealing details of everyday life and forgotten historical events. By proving to the Victorian public that people and places in the Old Testament really existed (and, furthermore, that documents and chronicles had survived from well before the writing of the Bible), Rawlinson became a celebrity and assured his own place in history."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 2003.

424 pages + illustrations.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.40 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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