Approach of this book

Images are an important aspect of the information presented throughout this text. Because our approach is to connect history to the present, artifacts from ancient civilizations feature prominently. Above: what is now Mosul, Iraq, juxtaposed with Nineva; On the cover: the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis with the city of Shiraz, Iran. Several pages of the conclusion show multiple images/perspectives on Giza, district of Cairo where pyramids are situated. Each chapter starts with links to its visual aids.

Images of Mosul and the Ruins of Nineva

Image of the Ancient gate of Niawa, the Nergal Gate mentioned in the Bible.

Image of the Ancient gate of Ninawa, the Nergal Gate mentioned in the Bible. A provincial reconstruction team and representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization visit what remains of Nergal gate in Nineveh, Iraq, Nov. 22, 2008. Nineveh, built between 704-681 B.C., was a capital of the Assyrian Empire and was surrounded by a 12-kilometer mud brick wall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano/Released)

Image of Saddam's Palace in Mosul

Image of Saddam’s Palace in Ninawa, one of the palaces used by Saddam Hussein in Mosul, northern Iraq, Ninawa (Nineveh) province.  US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) photograph by ACoE photographer Jim Gordon, C.C.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder space holder