Ancient Mediterranean + Europe
Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris. Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.
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- How and where were these wonderful reliefs found?(27 votes)
- They were found in the North Palace at Ninevah, right across the river from present day Mosul in Iraq. They were excavated, beginning in 1853, by the archaeologist, Hormuzd Rassam and are now in the British Museum.(24 votes)
- Why does Dr. Beth Harris say that it's a child releasing the lion into the hunt? Even though the figure is smaller I think the artist/s may have adjusted the size of the individual in order to accentuate the largeness of the lion, in turn demonstrating the strength and greatness of the King.(12 votes)
- Has anyone ever created a duplicate image of this with paint intact? It would be great to see what it would have looked like to people of that era.(7 votes)
- Here's a link to an artist's interpretation: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7zhfoymWots/UBQIL8PThxI/AAAAAAAAPD8/0Lkc4YaNlVA/s400/ashurbanipal01.jpg
There's also a sarcophagus referred to as the Alexander Sarcophagus (though it's known not to really be Alexander the Great's sarcophagus!) in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. If you check out the wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Sarcophagus) you'll see the original relief-work of the sarcophagus, and a painted reconstruction of a segment.(8 votes)
- Why kill them in an arena not in the wild(3 votes)
- It was supposed to be entertainment for the citizens of the kingdom. In the wild, there might be more lions than you had thought. And, the king was showing how a good leader he was.(3 votes)
- At1:56does it also seem like the king as a longer, more detailed beard than the other figures represented in the carving?(2 votes)
- I can't help but wonder who caught the lions for these royal hunts, and how they caught them. I mean, killing a lion is one thing, but catching one alive?(1 vote)
- Are lions really extincted?(0 votes)