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The Rivers of Time:  Early Civilizations in the Middle East
Video by Film Centre

The Rivers of Time: Early Civilizations in the Middle East

Examines the rise of civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates valley in the Middle East. These early civilizations formed around major rivers - the Tigris and Euphrates in Mesopotamia and the Nile in northeastern Africa. Explores the history...
Faces of Ancient Near Eastern Women
Video by El Cid Al-Moussawi

Faces of Ancient Near Eastern Women

This video is a slideshow of pictures of various artifacts and artworks that detail the visage of ancient Near Eastern women, most of which are royalty. Locations include: Mesopotamia (Sumer and Akkad), Arabia, Phoenicia (Lebanon) and Elam...
Cradles of Civilization - Sumeria
Video by DrDavidNeiman

Cradles of Civilization - Sumeria

In this third segment from Dr. David Neiman's lecture series, he describes how humans first developed the concept of the written word in Mesopotamia.
Jerry Cooper | Everything You've Always Wanted to Know about Sex in Babylonia . . .
Video by The Oriental Institute

Jerry Cooper | Everything You've Always Wanted to Know about Sex in Babylonia . . .

Everything You've Always Wanted to Know about Sex in Babylonia . . . Lecture by Jerry Cooper, W. W. Spence Professor of Semitic Languages Emeritus, The Johns Hopkins University This breezy look at 3000 years of sex in ancient Mesopotamia...
An Ancient Board Game - Irving Finkel
Video by The British Museum

An Ancient Board Game - Irving Finkel

Irving Finkel has possibly the coolest job in the world – he’s curator of cuneiform at the British Museum! Since 1979 he’s been trawling the Museum’s 130,000 clay tablets for clues about life in ancient Mesopotamia. In this film, he tells...
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...
Mesopotamian City State Layout
Video by laraclass2012

Mesopotamian City State Layout

This video is a historical simulation of a Mesopotamian city-state. This must be a very early representation as there is not formal Ziggurat.
Cradles of Civilization: Part 1
Video by DrDavidNeiman

Cradles of Civilization: Part 1

Part one of Dr. David Neiman's nine-part lecture outlines the rise of the earliest civilizations in the Near East geographically and with reference to the development of writing.
Cradles of Civilization - Sargon of Akkad
Video by DrDavidNeiman

Cradles of Civilization - Sargon of Akkad

In the fifth part of his lecture, Dr. Neiman explains that as the writing system developed, the Sumerian and Akkadian civilizations start describing their world. The autobiography of the Akkadian King Sargon of Akkad is recounted.
Cradles of Civilization - The Ziggurat
Video by DrDavidNeiman

Cradles of Civilization - The Ziggurat

In part six of his nine part lecture on the Near East, Dr. Neiman discusses the importance of Sumer's influence on Egypt. Further, he details how the building of the temple towers, named "Ziggurat" lead to the development of the Egyptian...