Skip to main content
Shopping cart: items Cart

They Wrote on Clay

The Babylonian Tablets Speak Today

Edward Chiera was that most remarkable of men, a competent and respected scholar possessed of an ardent desire to make his research readily and entertainingly available to laymen. More remarkable, Chiera had extraordinary gifts to equal to his desire. They Wrote on Clay combines fascinatingly the fruits of sound and painstaking archeology with the natural-born storyteller’s art. As transmitted by Chiera, the message of the recently discovered Babylonian clay tablets becomes an absorbing exrusion into the common life of a vanished civilization. Few will read They Wrote on Clay without becoming infected with something of Chiera’s love for the rich archeological lore of the ancient Near East.

"The book presents, briefly and clearly, a vivid picture of a long-dead people who in numerous ways were very like ourselves."—L. M. Field, New York Times

"No mystery story can be as exciting."—Harper’s

"Plainly and fetchingly written."—New Republic

251 pages | illustrated | 5.25 x 8 | © 1938

Archaeology

Middle Eastern Studies

Table of Contents

Prologue
1. The Treasure Hunt
2. Books Everlasting
3. The Mound of Seven Cities
4. The Dawn of Understanding
5. Ancient ABC’s
6. The World of Business
7. The Business of Religion
8. Kings’ Tales
9. Priests’ Tales
10. Babel and Bible
11. The Search for Truth
12. The Philosopher’s Stone
13. The Three R’s
14. A People’s Resurrection
15. Arts and the Man
16. Leaves from a Diplomat’s Diary
17. On to Greece and Rome
18. West and East
Epilogue
Acknowledgments

Be the first to know

Get the latest updates on new releases, special offers, and media highlights when you subscribe to our email lists!

Sign up here for updates about the Press