The Conquest of Assyria tells what must surely be one of the most romantic tales of archaeological endeavour. The great cities and ancient palaces of Mesopotamia had lain buried for over two millenia, and were all but forgotten, half remembered in the Hebrew Bible and Classical texts. This volume records the dramatic finds, the decipherment of the cuneiform system of writing and the rediscovery of a lost civilisation.
'... an elegantly well written and irresistibly exciting book. A well researched and eminently learned work, it keeps jargon to a minimum, making it accessible to every reader.' - Weekendavisen
'Mogens Trolle Larsen has written a book which excels itself in terms of gripping narrative and pure excitement.' - Jyllands Posten
'Professor Larsen's scholarly book describes the history of Assyrian excavation and the rivalry for buried Mesopotamian treasure between England and France.' - Irish Independent
'[Larsen] has a rare gift of empathy with men long dead, and goes about unmasking the false claims of Rawlinson and salvaging the reputations of others as if they were current injustices. His book, moreover, is beautifully written and illustrated.' - Times Literary Supplement