Friday, April 17, 2009


Every now and then Google Books provides full view of something I really want to read. Considering I do not have JSTOR account (my college provides no such thing for us, unfortunately) I have, for once, found that the document I wanted to read is available to the public: The Journal of the American Oriental Society, published in 1907.  Available here and printable, as well. It has an article in regards to Xenophon's writing on his coming across the ruins of Nineveh (pdf page 110), the ancient Assyrian kingdom.   

I am finding that the ancient Mesopotamia provides a large amount of fascination for me, and Assyria and Babylon and its' kings. I look forward to taking courses in the approximating semesters in regards to this region.   



Hermes, draw near, and to my pray'r incline, angel of Jove, and Maia's son divine; Studious of contests, ruler of mankind, with heart almighty, and a prudent mind. Celestial messenger, of various skill, whose pow'rful arts could watchful Argus kill: With winged feet, 'tis thine thro' air to course, O friend of man, and prophet of discourse: Great life-supporter, to rejoice is thine, in arts gymnastic, and in fraud divine: With pow'r endu'd all language to explain, of

care the loos'ner, and the source of gain. Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod, Kerukeion, blessed, profitable God; Of various speech, whose aid in works we find, and in necessities to mortals kind: Dire weapon of the tongue, which men revere, be present, Hermes, and thy suppliant hear; Assist my works, conclude my life with peace, give graceful speech, and me memory's increase.

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