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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 Excerpt: ...as clear and sharp, as any legend on marble, stone, or metal that we possess belonging to Greek, or even to Roman times. The best clay skilfully baked, is a material quite as enduring as either stone or metal;2 resisting many influences better than either of those materials. It may still be asked, did not the Assyrians use other materials also? Did they not write with ink of some kind on paper, or leather, or parchment? It is certain that the Egyptians had invented a kind of thick paper many centuries before the Assyrian power arose;3 and it is further certain that the 'Sec the translation by Dr. Hincks in the IhMin University Magazine for October, J 853. 1 Journ. of Asiatic Sot:, vol. xii. p. 441. s Birch, Ancient Pottery, vol. i. p. 2. 5 Wilkinson, in the author's Herodotus, vol. ii. p. 320, § 33. later Assyrian kings had a good deal of intercourse with Egypt. Under such circumstances, can we suppose that they did not import paper from that country? Again, the Persians, we are told, used parchment for their public records.4 Are not the Assyrians, a much more ingenious people, likely to have done the same, at any rate to some extent? There is no direct evidence by which these questions can be determinately answered. No document on any of the materials suggested has been found. No ancient author states that the Assyrians or the Babylonians used them.5 Had it not been for one piece of indirect evidence, it would have seemed nearly certain that they were not employed by the Mesopotamian races. In some of the royal palaces, however, small lumps of fine clay have been found, bearing the impressions of seals, and exhibiting traces of the string by which they were attached to documents, while the documents themselves, being of a different material, have peri...