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They Wrote on Clay : Phoenix Books - Edward Chiera

They Wrote on Clay

Phoenix Books

Paperback Published: 1st January 1938
ISBN: 9780226104256
Number Of Pages: 251

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Edward Chiera was that most remarkable of men, a competent and respected scholar possessed of an ardent desire to make his research readily and entertainingly available to laymen. More remarkable, Chiera had extraordinary gifts to equal to his desire. "They Wrote on Clay" combines fascinatingly the fruits of sound and painstaking archeology with the natural-born storyteller's art. As transmitted by Chiera, the message of the recently discovered Babylonian clay tablets becomes an absorbing exrusion into the common life of a vanished civilization. Few will read "They Wrote on Clay "without becoming infected with something of Chiera's love for the rich archeological lore of the ancient Near East.
"The book presents, briefly and clearly, a vivid picture of a long-dead people who in numerous ways were very like ourselves."--L. M. Field, "New York Times "
"No mystery story can be as exciting."--"Harper's "
"Plainly and fetchingly written."--"New Republic "

Here's a book based on archaeology which will hold your interest even if you think you are not interested in the subject. The archaeological finds and the story they tell is the theme of this volume on the Babylonian tablets. A renowned "Assyriologist" makes clear to the layman the romance of the excavations and the excitement of the chase in tracing the information so long concealed. There are the business and religious details deciphered, the gales, the aspects of life in those times as it parallels life today and as it throws light on Biblical stories. It really is good reading, in a new field for the layman. (Kirkus Reviews)

Prologue
The Treasure Hunt
Books Everlasting
The Mound of Seven Cities
The Dawn of Understanding
Ancient ABC's
The World of Business
The Business of Religion
Kings' Tales
Priests' Tales
Babel and Bible
The Search for Truth
The Philosopher's Stone
The Three R's
A People's Resurrection
Arts and the Man
Leaves from a Diplomat's Diary
On to Greece and Rome
West and East
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
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ISBN: 9780226104256
ISBN-10: 0226104257
Series: Phoenix Books
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 251
Published: 1st January 1938
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.4  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.29