On the social ramifications of the recovery of ancient Assyria in the 20th century, see Bohrer, “A New Antiquity: The English Reception of Assyria” (Ph.D. dissertation, Univ. of Chicago, 1989); Mogens Trolle Larsen, The Conquest of Assyria: Excavations in an Antique Land 1840–1860 (London and New York: Routledge, 1996); Steven W. Holloway, “Biblical Assyria and Other Anxieties in the British Empire,” Journal of Religion & Society (http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2001/2001–12.html); and Holloway, Asûsûur Is King! Asûsûur Is King! Religion in the Exercise of Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire, Studies in the History and Culture of the Ancient Near East Series, vol. 10 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, forthcoming) appendix one, and the bibliography cited therein.