By HOLLAR, W[enceslaus], 1642
Ninive five Ninus Muri maiore quovis latere 150 Stadia longi breviore 90: ambitu 480, sive millia passuum 60, pedes alti 100 crassi ut tribus curribus. sufficerent turrib[us] ornati, 1500.
- Author: HOLLAR, W[enceslaus]
- Publication place: London
- Publication date: 1642.
- Physical description: Etched plan, trimmed to neatline.
- Dimensions: 180 by 282mm. (7 by 11 inches).
- Inventory reference: 18349
Hollar’s depiction, which was originally accompanied by a corresponding plan of the other major Mesopotamian city of Babylon, shows a highly organised city set on a grid structure with open squares containing monuments and gardens. The only site identified, other than Ninus’ tomb, is the palace (“Regia”), probably intended to represent the great palace built by Sennacherib around 700 BC. Hollar has mistakenly named the river running alongside Nineveh as the Lycus, which was much further from the urban area. The city in fact lay on the eastern banks of the great River Tigris, which was one of the two rivers that give the land in between its name; Mesopotamia translates to the land ‘in the middle of the rivers’, the other being the Euphrates.
- NHG Hollar 408
- Pennington 1139
- BM 1850,0223.269.