National Geographic : 1916 Feb
Photograph from Prof. Albert T. Clay PAY-ROLL OF WOMEN WHO WERE CONNECTED WITH THE TEMPLE SERVICE FOR TWO MONTHS The first two columns record the monthly payments, in grain; the third contains the total, and the fourth the name. The holes in the second and third columns are check marks. Only what is checked off was paid, as the sum total shows (see Professor Clay's article, pages 162-216). These tablets are in the University of Pennsylvania Collection. burned himself to death with all his harem and his personal attendants. Sardanapalus is certainly meant for Ashurbanipal, seen through Greek spec tacles; but he met with no such end. So far as we know, he did what few Assy rian kings managed to do-he died peace fully in his own palace. The Greek tra dition has merely confused his fate with that of his second son, Sin-shar-ishkun, the last king of Assyria, who did burn himself in his palace after defeat. All the same the reign of Ashurbanipal closes the glories of Nineveh. The great bully who had bestridden the ancient world for five centuries, slaughtering, torturing, robbing, and boasting, was now to fall, and to fall irremediably. For generations the Assyrian had boasted himself master of the world. ISAIAH'S INDICTMENT Isaiah has summed up his bluster and braggart spirit in a couple of verses (Isaiah x: r3, 14): "For he saith: By the strength of my hand I have done it; and by my wisdom; for I am prudent; and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man; and my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people; and as one gathereth eggs that are forsaken, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing or opened the mouth, or chirped." "Shall the axe," cries the prophet, "boast itself against him that heweth therewith?" The time had come for the axe to be broken and cast aside.