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Mt. Darbandi Bilula's Akkadian Rock Relief, Mesopotamia, Iraq
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Mt. Darbandi Bilula's Akkadian Rock Relief, Mesopotamia, Iraq

This rock relief dates back to the Akkadian era. It lies on the cliff of Mt. Darbadi Bilula, Hori and Shekhan area, Sulaimaniya, near the Iranian border, Iraq. Circa 2100 BCE. It features a victorious man with two captives before him; one...
Naram-Sin rock relief, Sulaimaniya, Iraq
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Naram-Sin rock relief, Sulaimaniya, Iraq

A rock relief depicting the victory of the Akkadian king Naram Sin after defeating Lulubis, tribes who came from the Zagros mountains west of Iran. The relief was made on the surface of a mountain cliff, modern Qopi Qoshk, Qaradagh's mountains...
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...
Anzu as a Captive Before Ea
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Anzu as a Captive Before Ea

This cylinder seal depicts a scene of Anzu and Ea. On the left, a bearded god wearing a horned headdress and a striped kilt holds a branch of vegetation in a cleft stick (or a plough) over his shoulder. Next to him, another and similarly...
Mycenean Greece and the Orient about 1450 BC
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Mycenean Greece and the Orient about 1450 BC

Mycenean Greece and the Orient about 1450 BC. Inset: Reference Map of the Nile Delta.
Ancient Near East: The Basics
Book Review by Daniel C. Snell

Ancient Near East: The Basics

Routledge’s series “The Basics” opens the doors to all people, especially non-academics and students, to explore the basics of certain topics. Daniel C. Snell, the L. J. Semrod Presidential Professor of History at the University...
Ancient Mesopotamia (How'd They Do That in)
Book Review by Joshua J. Mark

Ancient Mesopotamia (How'd They Do That in)

Elizabeth Scholl's work Ancient Mesopotamia is an excellent introduction to Mesopotamian civilization for children. Part of the How'd They Do That In...? Series, Scholl's book begins with a story of a young girl named Kammani...
A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC
Book Review by Joshua J. Mark

A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC

A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC by Marc Van De Mieroop is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the region of ancient Mesopotamia. His writing style is very accessible and the chapters are carefully constructed...
Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
Book Review by Joshua J. Mark

Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia by Professor Stephen Bertman is an indispensable treasure for anyone interested in the history of the Near East. The book is formatted for easy reference of topics ranging from the Geography of Mesopotamia...
Truths Wrapped in Fiction: Mesopotamian Naru Literature
Article by Joshua J. Mark

Truths Wrapped in Fiction: Mesopotamian Naru Literature

Originality in literary compositions in the ancient world did not carry the same weight and value as it does in the present day. In recent centuries, authors have been applauded for the creation of original works, whether fiction or non-fiction...