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The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Carlyle, Rudolf Steiner

The Secret Doctrine, Volume II Anthropogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky

My Man Jeeves

P. G. Wodehouse

The Secret Doctrine, Volume I Cosmogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky

Bismya; or The lost city of Adab

by Edgar James Banks


On the recommendation of the Director of the Babylonian Section of the Oriental Exploration Fund of the — University of Chicago, permission has been granted to Dr. ^ Edgar J. Banks, Field Director of the Fund at Bismya,

\j to publish this account of his work in Mesopotamia. ^> Dr. Banks was granted full authority in the field.

•^"' He is entitled therefore to the credit for successes •'-"^ therein, as of course he will receive whatever criticism \ scholars may see fit to make. Dr. Banks is solely ^ responsible for all statements made in this volume. The University hopes and believes that the book will be of advantage to those interested in these explorations.

Harry Pratt Judson.


THE following story of exploration and of excavation is intended to describe in a popular way the remarkable discoveries made by the author in the Babylonian ruin mound of Bismya. With the exception of Tello, where the French have excavated for many years, no other Babylonian ruin has yielded so many and such beautiful objects of ancient art. A perfect marble statue and the fragments of other statues; hundreds of fragments of stone vases engraved, inlaid, and inscribed; gold, copper, and ivory objects; several thousand tablets of clay; the graves, the weapons of war, the temple, the palaces, the private homes, the household utensils, even the games and the toys of the children, unite in forming a distinct picture of the life and civilisation of the people of Babylonia of five thousand or more years ago. A lost city was found; names of forgotten kings and rulers were restored to history; questions, long puzzling to the archaeologist, have been answered, and others have been presented for him to solve. The story of the recovery of this oldest of civilisations should appeal not to the scholar alone, but to the reader who is interested in days and things long passed, and specially for him has it been written.

E. J. B. Greenfield, Mass.



The Author As An Arab . . . Frontispiece

Mugheir Of Ilr Of The Chaldees ... 5

Converting A Marble Temple To Lime . . 20

The Trade ....... 29

Ahmed In His Costume Of Red .... 36

Crossing The Desert . .... 40

11 Wasms " Of The Arab Shepherds ... 41

An Arab Encampment At Palmyra ... 43

Among The Ruins Of Palmyra .... 45

Kuffas On The Tigris, And The Governor's Palace Jl

Each Brick Of This Wall Bears The Name Of

Nebuchadnezzar ...... 72

The Walls And Moat Of Bagdad 73

The Tower Of The South Gate Of Bagdad . 74

The Tomb Of Zobeida And Modern Graves . 75

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