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Ancient Iraq by Georges Roux. A clear and interesting guide to Mesopotamia's long history, from prehistoric times through the days of Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia, Assyria, and beyond. Includes chronological tables and maps. Highly recommended.
I Am Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria by Gareth Brereton. Features images of objects excavated from all corners of the empire, published to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum. 200 color illustrations.
The Seven Great Monarchies of the Ancient Eastern World: Chaldea and Assyria by George Rawlinson. A classic history of Chaldea and Assyria by an Oxford scholar of the 19th century.
The Cambridge Ancient History: Volume 3, Part 2 edited by I. E. S. Edwards, N. G. L. Hammond, E. Sollberger. The Assyrian and Babylonian empires and other states of the Near East, from the eighth to the sixth centuries BC.
The Conquest of Assyria: Excavations in an Antique Land, 1840-1860 by Mogens Trolle Larsen. Recounts the adventures of a group of unconventional Victorians who excavated the great cities and palaces of the Ancient Near East.
The Civilization of Babylonia and Assyria: Volume One by Morris Jastrow. The civilization's remains, language, history, religion, commerce, law, art, and literature. First published in 1915. Volume Two is also available.
The Might That Was Assyria by H.W.F. Saggs. A comprehensive study of the people and history of Assyria, who expanded throughout the Near East from Egypt to Iran in Biblical times. Published in 1984.
Sargon II, King of Assyria by Josette Elayi. This biography of the Assyrian king addresses his role in the disappearance of the kingdom of Israel and how he enlarged the borders of the Assyrian Empire. Includes maps.
The Campaigns of Sargon II, King of Assyria, 721-705 B.C. by Sarah C. Melville. The first in-depth military study of the great Assyrian king, drawing from cuneiform inscriptions, the letters of Sargon and his officials, and monumental art.
Annals of the Kings of Assyria: The Cuneiform Texts With Translations, Transliterations, etc., From the Original Documents by E. A. Wallis Budge. All of the written records of the early Assyrian kings, from the reign of Irishum in about B.C. 2000 to the reign of Ashur-nasir-pal, which ended in B.C. 860. The texts are presented in Assyrian with complete English translations and, where appropriate, photographs of the original inscriptions.
Letters of the Great Kings of the Ancient Near East: The Royal Correspondence of the Late Bronze Age by Trevor Bryce. From the 17th to the 12th centuries BC, the five Great Kings of Egypt, Babylon, Hatti (the kingdom of the Hittites), Mitanni, and Assyria ruled over vast territories. Many of their letters survive, offering fascinating insights into ancient near Eastern kingdoms.
Nimrud: The Queens' Tombs by Muzahim Mahmoud Hussein, translated and edited by Mark Altaweel and McGuire Gibson. The author's 1989 discovery of tombs of Neo-Assyrian queens in the palace of Ashurnasirpal in Nimrud (Kalhu/Calah) was electrifying news for archaeology. This book includes numerous full-color plates.
The Final Sack of Nineveh: The Discovery, Documentation, and Destruction of King Sennacherib's Throne Room at Nineveh, Iraq by John Malcolm Russell. Sennacherib was an Assyrian king who lived in the 8th century B.C. This book contains detailed photos of his throne room as it appeared, wonderfully well preserved, when it was discovered in 1847. It has since been all but destroyed.
Sennacherib's Palace Without Rival at Nineveh by John Malcolm Russell. More about Sennacherib's famed palace.
Nineveh and Its Remains: A Narrative of an Expedition to Assyria by Austen Henry Layard. Abridged version of a popular 19th century book written by the archaeologist who discovered the remains of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh.
Sennacherib's Campaign to Judah by William R. Gallagher. In 701 BC the Assyrian king Sennacherib launched his campaign against Judah. This text brings together both Biblical and Assyrian sources on the campaign.
The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces by David Kertai. The Late Assyrian Empire (c. 900 - 612 BCE) was the first state to rule over the major centres of the Middle East. This book offers an introduction to key royal palaces in Assur, Kalhu, Dur-Sharruken, and Nineveh.
Assyrian Palace Sculptures by Paul Collins, photos by Lisa Baylis and Sandra Marshall. Between the 9th and 7th centuries BC, the kingdom of Assyria in northern Iraq dominated the region from Egypt to Iran. Assyrian palace walls were lined with huge carved panels of alabaster depicting kings. This book presents photos of the British Museum's collection of Assyrian sculptures. Includes a brief history of Assyria and the royal palaces.
Assyrian Reliefs From the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II: A Cultural Biography edited by Ada Cohen and Steven E. Kangas. Essays explore the discovery of the reliefs, their Biblical connections, and their meanings. Illustrated with over 115 color and 35 black-and-white images.
The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art by Mehmet-Ali Ataç. The relief slabs that decorated the palaces of the Neo-Assyrian Empire held deep meaning for court scholars and master craftsmen.
Ivories From Nimrud VI: Ivories from the North West Palace by Helena Coffey, Georgina Herrmann, and Stuart Laidlaw. The great palace of Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (883-859) has been excavated for over 150 years, and many superb ivory artifacts have been found there.
Books About Babylonia
Myths & Legends: Babylonia & Assyria by Lewis Spence. A popular account of the religion and mythology of ancient Babylonia and Assyria.
Assur Is King! Assur Is King by Steven W. Holloway is about religion in the exercise of power in the neo-Assyrian empire.