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Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage) 
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Corsair

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Yet another picture hunt prompted by Photobucket rodeo.

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Bronze age Mitanni pictures were included since parts of their territory encompassed northern Mesopotamia. Urartu (ancient Armenia) has been included as a bonus, the reason of which should be evident in the pictures displaying strong Mesopotamian influences, besides constant wars between the highland Urartians and the lowland Assyrians. Most Urartu art are by talented artist Rubik Kocharian (born 1940), a treasure hoard of fine illustrations for an age and culture usually skimmed over.

Since most etchings and drawings from the 19th century are well known and well-circulated, they were not included in this collection. It's recent art shared across the Internet that's in peril, plus some peripheral older pieces not widely known yet made accessible online nevertheless.

A few historical fantasy pieces made it into this collection. Likewise, the Biblical depiction of the prophet Jonah in Nineveh (a comic tale of a failed prophet) and the Biblical depiction of Nebuchadnezzar II have been included where artists have been reasonably accurate with dress or architecture. For flow, the Biblical illustrations were kept together, bar that of Abraham smashing idols. All Nebuchadnezzar II depictions have been included in the Biblical illustration section.

For the best experience, I recommend that you listen to HBO Rome Intro Music (1 hour loop) while looking through these images, or something similar, for that atmosphere. Or perhaps this one, for the whiplash sounds?


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Enter the cradle of civilization.

Enter a realm of mysticism and sun-baked clay, of mud and sun, of irrigation canals and lush grain fields, of kings and slaves, of twin rivers and a maelstrom of tribes and cities vying for control of a rich land that was the envy of the world.

Enter a world of dazzling beauty and crudeness, of learning and labour, of family and cruelty, of gods and demons.

Enter a world of wars, endless wars, where cities are sacked and their charred ruins remain abandoned forever in the blowing desert sands.

Enter ancient Mesopotamia.


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Scribes

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Akkad

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Mitanni

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Urartu

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Assyria

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Babylonia

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Babylonian Captivity

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Biblical Illustrations of Mesopotamia

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Fall of Babylon

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Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:29 pm
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Corsair
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Wow, that's neat collection!
Thanks for sharing.

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