Excerpt from A Primer of Assyriology The alluvial plain of Babylonia was the gift of the two great rivers. In the early days of Babylonian civilization they both owed into the Persian Gulf. But salt marshes already existed at their mouths, and as time went on the marshes extended further and further to the south. What had once been sea became dry land, the silt brought down by the rivers forming an ever-increasing delta in the rth of the Gulf. Today the two rivers ow into one channel, and the point where they unite is eighty miles distant from the present line of coast. The marshes are called the country Of Marratu or the salt-sea in the in scriptions, a name which reappears as Merathaim in Jer. L. 21. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.