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Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent - A Short History
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Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent - A Short History

Mesopotamia is an ancient region in the Middle East, east of the Mediterranean by the Zagros mountains, between the two rivers Tigris and Euphrates. The name ‘Mesopotamia’ comes from the Greek meaning ‘between two rivers’. The region is now...
Lamassu from Khrsabad at the Iraq Museum
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Lamassu from Khrsabad at the Iraq Museum

This is one of a pair of colossal lamassus from the Palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad (in modern-day Nineveh Governorate, Iraq). Both of them are on display at the Assyrian Gallery of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad. During the ransacking of the...
Map of the Akkadian Empire
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Map of the Akkadian Empire

The empire of Sargon, late 24th century BCE.
Akkadian Ruler
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Akkadian Ruler

Bronze head of an Akkadian ruler, probably Sargon the Great, c. 23rd - 22nd century BCE.
Servants at Dur-Sharukkin (Khorsabad)
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Servants at Dur-Sharukkin (Khorsabad)

A relief of servants from the palace of Sargon II at Dur-Sharrukin (present-day Khorsabad, Iraq), c. 713-716 BCE. Now in the Musee du Louvre, Paris.
An Altar from Dur-Sharrukin
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An Altar from Dur-Sharrukin

This limestone altar was dedicated to the temple of the god Sibitti by the Assyrian King Sargon II. From Dur-Sharrukin (modern Khorsabad, Ninawa Governorate, Iraq), Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian era, 721-705 BCE. (Istanbul Archeological Museums/Ancient...
The Akkadian Dynasty
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The Akkadian Dynasty

A family tree of the Akkadian Dynasty, starting with La'ibum and Sargon of Akkad.
Head of a Tribute Bearer from Khorsabad
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Head of a Tribute Bearer from Khorsabad

This alabaster bas-relief shows a head of a bearded man. The fragment was part of a larger relief which depicts a procession of tribute bearers. The man's turban and his hair style and beard suggest that the man came from the western part...
Fragment of Stone Jar Inscribed with the Name of Rimush
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Fragment of Stone Jar Inscribed with the Name of Rimush

This small fragment came from a large upright stone jar. The jar was inscribed with the name of the Akkadian king Rimush, son of Sargon. Akkadian Period, reign of Rimush, 2278-2270 BCE. From Ur, Southern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (The...
Phoenician Trade Network
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Phoenician Trade Network

Map of Phoenicia and its trade routes.