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Sennacherib as a Crown Prince
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Sennacherib as a Crown Prince

Detail of a gypsum wall relief showing an Assyrian Official wearing a diadem, possibly Sennacherib, the crown prince, who faces Sargon II, his father (not shown here). Neo-Assyrian Period, 710-705 BCE. From the palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad...
Glass Jar of Sargon II
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Glass Jar of Sargon II

This glass vessel was carved out of a solid block and the center was drilled out thereafter. Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sargon II, 721-705 BCE. From the North-West Palace at Nimrud, Northern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (British Museum...
Love & Sex in the Ancient World
Collection by Mark Cartwright

Love & Sex in the Ancient World

Love in antiquity, just as today, expressed itself in all kinds of relationships, meanings, connotations, and expectations. There were representations in art, literature, and religion of heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual love, the temporary...
Trade in the Phoenician World
Article by Mark Cartwright

Trade in the Phoenician World

The Phoenicians, based on a narrow coastal strip of the Levant, put their excellent seafaring skills to good use and created a network of colonies and trade centres across the ancient Mediterranean. Their major trade routes were by sea to...
The Nimrud Dogs
Article by Joshua J. Mark

The Nimrud Dogs

In 612 BCE the Neo-Assyrian Empire fell to the invading forces of Babylonians, Persians, Medes, and Scythians. The empire had been expanding in every direction since the reign of Adad Nirari II (c. 912-891 BCE) and grew more powerful under...
Inventions & Innovations of Ancient Persia
Article by Joshua J. Mark

Inventions & Innovations of Ancient Persia

Ancient Persian culture contributed many of the aspects of the modern world which people simply take for granted as having always existed. The designation “Persia” comes from the Greeks – primarily standardized by the historian...