Examines Assyria's growth from warlike city-state to huge empire, through its conquest of all of Mesopotamia and Egypt, and aspects of its culture.
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The only books I have been able to find on this subject are books like this that seem oriented towards children and young adults. But this book is pretty good. It is brief, but so is the sum of what we know about the Assyrians. The author says that some historians claim that the Assyrians were not as cruel toward conquered peoples as their own chronicles make them out to be; I would like to know if this revisionism is based on any evidence or merely on liberal humanist wishful thinking. It has always seemed remarkable to me that such a civilized people could also be so vicious and nasty, but maybe I should take a page from the liberal humanists and assume that the Assyrians were really misunderstood nice guys. Sennacherib's speech in Isaiah, however, gives a pretty good picture of what kind of people they were; it is a pity that God did not defend the other nations of the region as vigorously as He defended Judah. I would like to know more, and I hope there is more to be discovered.
This interesting little book is part of Millbrook Press’s The Cradle of Civilization series, and covers the Assyrians. It covers the history of the Assyrians, and delves into such subjects as Assyrian law and religion. Now, this book is written as an introduction for young students, and it is quite short, so if you are looking for in-depth information then this is not the book for you.
However, what this book aims to be, it succeeds at admirably. Even as an adult armchair historian, I found things about the Assyrians that I never knew before. So, if you are looking for a short introduction to the Assyrians for a young student, then this is the book for you.
While there are not many books on Assyria for this age group, I found this one lacking. There are two other books by Elaine Landau in this series called The Sumerians and The Babylonians. There are 17 illustrations including one map, photos of artifacts, photos of present day sites related to the Assyrians, and two colored drawings. Considering the age group this is written for, there are not many illustrations. There is other information about their way of life that is interesting. Assyrian life, law and religion are discussed along with their military prowess. The type is slightly larger with large space between lines and wide margins. It is easy on the eyes for children to read. The text on the first five pages in the three Landau books is virtually the same. The only major difference is the map is changed for whichever topic--Sumerians, Assyrians, or Babylonians--is being covered. The map is well done, however, not all locations are shown. While...
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