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Well versed in oriental languages and antiquities, Claudius James Rich (1786/7–1821), the East India Company's resident at Baghdad, visited and described many historic locations in present-day Iraq and Iran. Following his early death from cholera in Shiraz, Rich's widow prepared his writings for publication. His two-volume Narrative of a Residence in Koordistan, and on the Site of Ancient Nineveh (1836) is also reissued in this series. The present work, which appeared in 1839, contains Rich's 1811 journal of his first visit to the site of the ancient city of Babylon, followed by the archaeological memoir he published in 1815. 'Remarks on the Topography of Ancient Babylon', an 1815 paper by the geographer James Rennell (1742–1830), who queried Rich's conclusions, is included, and Rich's 1818 memoir of his second visit then responds to Rennell. A narrative of Rich's Persian travels in 1821, featuring 'hitherto unpublished cuneiform inscriptions copied at Persepolis', completes the work.
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- Date Published: November 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108077101
- length: 446 pages
- dimensions: 217 x 140 x 27 mm
- weight: 0.6kg
- contains: 26 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Rich's journal
3. Memoir on the ruins of Babylon
4. On the topography of ancient Babylon
5. Second memoir on Babylon
6. Appendix to the second memoir
7. Journey from Bussora to Persepolis in the year 1821
8. General appendix.
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