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Ancient Near East

3 articles
5 videos
2 skills
Religion plays a significant role in the art and architecture of the ancient Near East, with cosmology guiding representation of deities and kings who themselves assume divine attributes. By permission, © 2013 The College Board

Standing Male Worshipper from Tell Asmar

VIDEO 4:48 minutes
Standing Male Worshipper (votive figure), c. 2900-2600 B.C.E., from the Square Temple at Eshnunna (modern Tell Asmar, Iraq), Sumerian, Early Dynastic I-II, gypsum alabaster, shell, black limestone, bitumen, 11 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches / ...

Standard of Ur from the Royal Tombs at Ur

VIDEO 8:49 minutes
Standard of Ur, c. 2600-2400 B.C.E., 21.59 x 49.5 x 12 cm (British Museum) Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris

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Law code of Hammurabi

VIDEO 3:17 minutes
Law Code Stele of King Hammurabi, basalt, Babylonian, 1792-1750 B.C.E. (Musée du Louvre, Paris) A stele is a vertical stone monument or marker often inscribed with text or with relief carving. Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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Lamassu from the citadel of Sargon II

VIDEO 5:09 minutes
Lamassu (winged human-headed bulls possibly lamassu or shedu) from the citadel of Sargon II, Dur Sharrukin (now Khorsabad, Iraq), Neo-Assyrian, c. 720-705 B.C.E., gypseous alabaster, 4.20 x 4.36 x 0.97 m, excavated by P.-E. Botta 1843-44 ...

Capital of a column from the audience hall of the palace of Darius I, Susa

VIDEO 3:58 minutes
Capital of a column from the audience hall of the palace of Darius I, Susa, c. 510 B.C.E.,  Achaemenid,  Tell of the Apadana, Susa, Iran (Louvre) Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris