Speltz, Alexander / Styles of ornament: exhibited in designs, and arranged in historical order, with descriptive text.
The Babylonian-Assyrian ornament, pp. -28
4 Stone imbossed work, representing the surrender of Lachis to Sennachérib (Roger-Miles). THE BABYLONIAN-ASSYRIAN ORNAMENT. long the banks of the Euphrates and Tigris, in the sacred land of Mesopotamia, and under the special influence of these two streams, a characteristic civilis ation developed itself more than ~ooo years ago — much the same as the civilisation which was developed in Egypt under the in' fluence of the Nile. The results of the latest excavations in Tello, Niniveh, Nimroud, Kuyundschik, Khorsabad, and other places, have afforded proofs of the existence, even as far back as the 4 th thousand before Christ, of the Sumner, a nonSemitic people who became afterwards united with the Assyrians. It may therefore be accepted as certain, that in this river valley a civilisation existed which was older than that of Egypt. The language of the Sumner long after it ceased to exist as a living tongue was spoken as a dead language by scholars. The Bible itself mentions the colossal buildings erected by the Babylonian and Assyrian kings at that remote period. In this particular country, there was such a mixture of peoples, one alternately ~ by another, that the art of the epoch must be regarded as one common to the people as a whole. The people ' bkemselves appear to have been more of a sensible and practical, rather than of a poetic turn of mind. They were at once commercial as well as warlike, keeping material gain and their own supremacy above all other matters.
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