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Outlines of the world's history, ancient, mediæval, and modern, with special relation to the history of civilization and the progress of mankind .. . bylonian Brick. plements. Delicate fabrics were manufactured by theirlooms. Commerce was carried on with other countries,and the ships of Ur traded along the shores of thePersian Gulf. 60. The site of Ur is believed to have been identifiedwith certain mounds and ruins on the banks of ihe lower Euphrates. This place is interestingm connection with Abraham, who was born at Ur of theChaldees. The period of Abraham is usually put at abouttwo thousand Outlines of the world's history, ancient, mediæval, and modern, with special relation to the history of civilization and the progress of mankind .. . bylonian Brick. plements. Delicate fabrics were manufactured by theirlooms. Commerce was carried on with other countries,and the ships of Ur traded along the shores of thePersian Gulf. 60. The site of Ur is believed to have been identifiedwith certain mounds and ruins on the banks of ihe lower Euphrates. This place is interestingm connection with Abraham, who was born at Ur of theChaldees. The period of Abraham is usually put at abouttwo thousand

Outlines of the world's history, ancient, mediæval, and modern, with special relation to the history of civilization and the progress of mankind .. . bylonian Brick. plements. Delicate fabrics were manufactured by theirlooms. Commerce was carried on with other countries,and the ships of Ur traded along the shores of thePersian Gulf. 60. The site of Ur is believed to have been identifiedwith certain mounds and ruins on the banks of ihe lower Euphrates. This place is interestingm connection with Abraham, who was born at Ur of theChaldees. The period of Abraham is usually put at abouttwo thousand years before the Christian era. The belief isthat Chaldsea contained at this time a Semitic populationwhich professed a pure form of religion, in the midst of theidolatrous Chaldaeans ; and hence Abraham, who was aSemite, emigrated with his family and flocks and herds tothe land of Canaan. 61. The Chaldaean monarchy continued for several cen-turies ; but about the 13th century B. c. it took Decline of a secondary position, and the newly arisen As- chaidsea.S)aian nation became the dominant power of Mesopotamia. 3^ ANCIENT OB2ENTAL MONARCHIES.. Early history. 3. ASSYRIA. 62. The Assyrians are believed to have been a Semiticpopulation who originally lived in Chaldasa, butwho at an early period removed to the upper course of the Tigris. Here there grew up a kingdom whichat first was subject to the Chaldaean ruler at Babylon, butwhich finally, about 1250 B.C., became independent. As-S)rria advanced rapidly and completely overshadowed Baby-lonia; and for six centuries, down to the fall of Nineveh,625 B. c, was the great imperial power of Western Asia. 63. The six centuries of Assyrian history may be divid-Two periods ed into two periods. The first period is fromof Assyria. ^^ independence of Assyria (about 1250 b. c.)to the foundation of the New Assyrian Empire underTiglath-pi-leser II., 745 B. c.; the second is from the ac-cession of Tiglath-pileser II. to the fall of Nineveh, 62

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