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  • Capital of a column from the audience ha...
    by edwinswagger on May 20, 2016 at 2:26 PM
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    Capital of a column from the audience hall of the palace of Darius I, Susa, c. 510 B.C.E., Achaemenid, Tell of the Apadana, Susa, Iran (Louvre) Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris. Created by Steven Zucker and Beth Harris.

  • Lamassu from the citadel of Sargon II
    by edwinswagger on May 20, 2016 at 1:51 PM
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    Lamassu (winged human-headed bulls possibly lamassu or shedu) from the citadel of Sargon II, Dur Sharrukin (now Khorsabad, Iraq), Neo-Assyrian, c. 720-705 B.C.E., gypseous alabaster, 4.20 x 4.36 x 0.97 m, excavated by P.-E. Botta 1843-44 (Musée du Louvre) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker IN THE NEWS: Irreplaceable Lamassu sculpture, Assyrian architecture and whole archaeological sites have recently been destroyed by militants that control large areas of Iraq and Syria. This tragedy cannot be undone and is an attack on our shared history and cultural heritage. To learn more: February 27, 2015 New York Times article . Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.

  • Ashurbanipal Hunting Lions (Assyrian)
    by edwinswagger on May 20, 2016 at 1:50 PM
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    Ashurbanipal Hunting Lions, gypsum hall relief from the North Palace, Ninevah, c. 645-635 B.C.E., excavated by H. Rassam beginning in 1853 (British Museum) Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris . Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.

  • The Tower of Babel with British Museum c...
    by edwinswagger on May 20, 2016 at 7:57 AM
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    British Museum curator Irving Finkel © Trustees of the British Museum. Created by British Museum.

  • Ishtar Gate and Processional Way (recons...
    by edwinswagger on May 20, 2016 at 7:56 AM
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    Reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way, Babylon, c. 575 B.C.E., glazed mud brick (Pergamon Museum, Berlin). Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.

  • The Code of Hammurabi (Full Text)
    by edwinswagger on May 20, 2016 at 7:30 AM
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    The Code of Hammurabi is a law code of ancient Babylon, set down by King Hammurabi around 1,750 BC. The code survives on several large stele and clay tablets, none of which are fully intact so there are occasional lacunae in the text.

  • Law Code Stele of King Hammurabi, 1792-1...
    by edwinswagger on May 20, 2016 at 7:29 AM
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    Law Code Stele of King Hammurabi, basalt, Babylonian, 1792-1750 B.C.E. (Musée du Louvre, Paris) A stele is a vertical stone monument or marker often inscribed with text or with relief carving. Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker. Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.

  • The Babylonian mind
    by edwinswagger on May 20, 2016 at 7:20 AM
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    race the legacy of Babylonian discoveries and ideas, including their mathematical system based on 60 and their desire to predict the future. With British Museum curator Irving Finkel. © Trustees of the British Museum. Created by British Museum.

  • Visiting Babylon
    by edwinswagger on May 20, 2016 at 7:04 AM
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    A conversation with Lisa Ackerman, World Monuments Fund, and Beth Harris, Smarthistory. Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.

  • Cylinder seal and modern impression: nud...
    by edwinswagger on May 20, 2016 at 6:56 AM
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    Met curator Yelena Rakic on reading into Cylinder seal and modern impression: nude bearded hero wrestling with a water buffalo; bull-man wrestling with lion from Mesopotamia, c. 2250?2150 B.C.E. View this work on metmuseum.org. Are you an educator? Here's a related lesson plan. For additional educator resources from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, try this and also visit Find an Educator Resource. Created by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Victory Stele of Naram-Sin, 2254-2218 B....
    by edwinswagger on May 20, 2016 at 6:53 AM
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    Victory Stele of Naram-Sin, 2254-2218 B.C.E.

  • Royal Tombs of Ur
    by edwinswagger on May 19, 2016 at 8:36 PM
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    The late 1920s excavation of royal tombs at Ur, in southern Iraq, provided one of the most renowned discoveries in the history of archaeology. Extravagant jewelry of gold, lapis-lazuli, and carnelian, cups of gold and silver, and extraordinary objects of art and culture were among the Mesopotamian treasures uncovered by renowned British archaeologist C. Leonard Woolley in a joint expedition by the British Museum and Penn Museum. The remarkable tombs opened the world's eyes to the full glory of ancient Sumerian culture (2600-2500 B.C.) at its zenith.


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