Science: After Breasted

The vast learning and unquenchable enthusiasm of James Henry Breasted built up the greatest archeological empire in the Near East, with a dozen armies of diggers at work all around the "Fertile Crescent" from the Persian Gulf to the Nile Valley. So able was he in infecting other men with his passion that for Breasted and the University of Chicago John D. Rockefeller Jr. founded the Oriental Institute with an endowment of some $13,000,000 (TIME, Dec. 14, 1931). From that ornate building which houses one of the 40-ton stone bulls of Sargon...

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