British Museum II: Assyrian Antiquities

May 10, 2012

From the ninth to the seventh century BCE, the Assyrians ruled an empire which eventually stretched from Mesopotamia to Egypt. While they may have been universally reviled for their brutal tactics, they at least left behind some beautiful, if often rather martial, reliefs:

Tukulti-apil-esharra AKA Tiglath-pileser III ruled the Assyrians from 745 to 727 BCE. Among his many achievements was the conquest of Babylon.

Depiction of a siege in Babylonia from Nimrud, ca. 728 BCE.

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Oriental Institute, Chicago (November, 2011)

February 26, 2012

The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago is definitely worth a visit:

Entrance to the museum

Relief from the palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad, 721-705 BCE


Another relief from the palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad

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