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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 Excursion 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 TimesNo Mystery Story Can Be As Exciting Harper SPlainly And Fetchingly Written New Republic


10 thoughts on “They Wrote on Clay: The Babylonian Tablets Speak Today (Phoenix Books)

  1. says:

    This old book has been superseded in scholarly terms many times over, of course There are plenty of books with up to date research But not many can approach this for charm and wit Dr Chiera had a real love of his topic, and took delight in presenting it in a down to earth manner A quick and easy read, and still not a bad way to enter into the topic Not the last word, of course, but a good first word.


  2. says:

    Read in connection with an Ancient history course I was taking in my senior year of college.


  3. says:

    Hats off to the author and his editor George Cameron who completed the manuscript after the author s untimely death for a really great book This book was written a long time ago 1938 and there has been a lot of archeology between then and now But even though many things that have been learned of discovered since it s publication, nothing that I know of is its equal in the fields of Assiriology.There are plenty of facts, dates and descriptions of what has been found on the tablets, as you would expect and as are found in many similar books on ancient writing But this book takes a wider view of how the people and cultures that are captured influenced both their neighbors and successor cultures and ourselves While one may not agree with some or even all of these conjectures and many have been proven out by the march of time I think everyone will appreciate the humor and low key storytelling that is used to illustrate and enliven the material I contrast this with the book I own and read years ago on the decipherment of Linear B This book may have been scientifically superseded, but not with regard to its writing, readability and accessibility Chiera was a master of his craft at a time when major finds were still being linked to random collections of tablets in museums and private collections the world over I heartily recommend it.


  4. says:

    I m hopeful that it s just my copy of the book, but there were repeating pages all throughout I would often finish reading a chapter and start the next only to realize it was the same chapter I d just read Annoying, but nothing to do with the actual text.Chiera s writing is informative and written colloquially, so it s easy to read, but it s very bland There isn t much of a connection between each character and the topic seems to bounce back and forth The book s a little confused about whether it s going to focus JUST on cuneiform, language and writing, or if it s going to spread its focus to Babylonian culture and society as well I think that if Chiera hadn t died before he finished the project, it could ve been a much focused read Overall, it s got some good information and is written in a way that makes it easy to comprehend, so there s not much you can ask out of an academic book except, of course, for style.


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  6. says:

    A fun, engaging, and illuminating book on the clay tablet literature of Sumer I most enjoyed the vivid way Chiera depicts his fieldwork Very enjoyable introduction to the topic.