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Ancient Near East

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The cradle of civilizationCuneiformWriting CuneiformCuneiform TabletsCuneiform tablets: backstory
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The Sumerians and MesopotamiaSumerian art, an introductionWhite Temple and ziggurat, UrukArchaeological reconstructionsWarka VaseCylinder sealsStanding Male Worshipper from Tell AsmarStandard of Ur and other objects from the Royal GravesThe Standard of UrPerforated Relief of Ur-NansheZiggurat of UrSeated Gudea holding Temple Plan
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Art of Akkad, an introductionVictory Stele of Naram-SinCylinder seal and modern impression: nude bearded hero wrestling with a water buffalo; bull-man wrestling with lion
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Ancient Babylon: excavations, restorations and modern tourismBabylonia, an introductionThe Babylonian mindThe "Queen of the Night" reliefHammurabi: The king who made the four quarters of the earth obedientThe Law Code Stele of King HammurabiKassite Art: Unfinished KudurruNeo-BabylonianIshtar gate and Processional WayTowers of Babel
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Assyrian art, an introductionAssyrian SculptureLamassu from the citadel of Sargon IILamassu: backstoryAshurbanipal hunting lionsThe palace decoration of AshurbanipalAssyria vs Elam: The battle of Til Tuba
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Persian art, an introductionPersepolis: The Audience Hall of Darius and XerxesThe Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient PersiaCapital of a column from the audience hall of the palace of Darius I, Susa
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Brought to you by Smarthistory. Ancient Near Eastern cultures established the first cities, the earliest code of laws, and the oldest known writing which was used, not for poetry, but for bookkeeping.