Early Assyriologists were lured to Babylonian studies by the light
which cuneiform text shed on ancient history and the Bible, and for
later scholars this is still the attraction. The Age of Discovery
is not past, and one can still read literature that has been unseen
by the eyes of man for millennia. There are myriads of tablets
lying in the ancient ruins of Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey,
waiting for the excavator's spade; in museums there are quantities
of inscriptions that have not yet been made public.