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Writing on the Wall: The Architectural Context of Late Assyrian Palace Inscriptions (John M Russell) Hardcover Book, (Eisenbrauns, 1999) 9780931464959
Writing on the Wall: The Architectural Context of Late Assyrian Palace Inscriptions (John M Russell) Hardcover Book, (Eisenbrauns, 1999) 9780931464959
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Title: Writing on the Wall: The Architectural Context of Late Assyrian Palace Inscriptions

Author: Russell, John M

Publisher: Eisenbrauns; Publication Date: 1999

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780931464959

Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 340

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It is too often forgotten that every Assyrian "historical" inscription functioned in a very specific context. This context influenced its content and the way in which it was perceived by ancient viewers and readers. Russell's goal is to address the reconstruction of the context of these inscriptions in order to elucidate their original impact.

In the past, the palace inscriptions, including Assyrian palace inscriptions, have been published in composite editions with little or no reference to the provenience of the individual exemplars; in addition, the original excavation reports often were more interested in the content of the inscriptions than in their locations. To achieve the objective of placing these inscriptions in their original contexts and thereby provide a base for further study of them, and stimulated by two seasons of renewed excavations at Nineveh during which he studied many inscriptions in situ, Russell returned to the British Museum and Layard's original, handwritten notes from the 19th century excavations at Nineveh--the goal being to catalogue fully and as completely as possible the individual inscriptions and their locations.

The results of Russell's labors are here published, including the first publication of several shorter inscriptions. The book is lavishly illustrated, both with museum photos and with photos by the author of many of the inscriptions in situ. The book will no doubt be the basis of all further study of the relationship between inscription and context in the palaces of the Assyrian kings.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Assurnasirpal II

Shalmaneser III

Adad-Nirari III

Tiglath-Pileser III

Sargon II

Sennacherib

Esarhaddon

Assurbanipal

Conclusion

Further Reflections

Catalog 1: Assurnasirpal II Colossus Inscriptions

Catalog 2: Assurnasirpal II Threshold Inscriptions

Catalog 3: Sennacherib Colossus Inscriptions

Catalog 4: Sennacherib Epigraphs

Catalog 5: Esarhaddon Colossi

Bibliography

Figures Illustrating the Catalogs

Index
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