By John Malcolm Russell
Most sensible recognized this present day from biblical money owed of his exploits and ignominious finish, the Assyrian king Sennacherib (704-681 B.C.) was the ruler of all western Asia. In his capital at Nineveh, in what's now northern Iraq, he equipped what he referred to as the "Palace with out Rival." notwithstanding merely scattered lines of this great constitution are seen this present day, modern written descriptions and surviving wall reliefs allow a remarkably specified reconstruction of the looks and importance of the palace. An paintings historian knowledgeable in historical close to East philology, archaeology, and historical past, John Malcolm Russell marshals those assets to enquire the that means and political functionality of the palace of Sennacherib. He contends that the that means of the monument can't be present in photographs or texts on my own; nor can those be divorced from architectural context. hence his learn combines discussions of the context of inscriptions in Sennacherib's palace with reconstructions of its actual visual appeal and analyses of the foundations during which the topics of Sennacherib's reliefs have been prepared to precise which means. some of the illustrations are released right here for the 1st time, particularly drawings of palace reliefs made by means of nineteenth-century excavators and pictures taken within the process the author's personal excavations at Nineveh. John Malcolm Russell is assistant professor within the division of paintings heritage and Archaeology at Columbia college.