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Sargon II, Khorsabad
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Sargon II, Khorsabad

Detail of a gypsum wall relief showing the Assyrian King Sargon II. Neo-Assyrian Period, 710-705 BCE. From the palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad, Mesopotamia, Modern-day Iraq. (The British Museum, London).
Alabaster Jar of Sargon II
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Alabaster Jar of Sargon II

The cuneiform inscription on this alabaster vessel mentions that it belongs to king Sargon II. Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sargon II, 721-705 BCE. From the North-West Palace at Nimrud, Northern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (British Museum...
Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
Article by Joshua J. Mark

Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Daily life in ancient Mesopotamia cannot be described in the same way one would describe life in ancient Rome or Greece. Mesopotamia was never a single, unified civilization, not even under the Akkadian Empire of Sargon of Akkad (the Great...
Ur
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Ur

Ur was a city in the region of Sumer, southern Mesopotamia, and its ruins lie in what is modern-day Tell el-Muqayyar, Iraq. According to biblical tradition, the city is named after the man who founded the first settlement there, Ur, though...
Nineveh
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Nineveh

Nineveh (modern-day Mosul, Iraq) was one of the oldest and greatest cities in antiquity. It was originally known as Ninua, a trade center, and would become one of the largest and most affluent cities in antiquity. It was regarded highly by...
Ancient Persian Government
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Ancient Persian Government

The government of ancient Persia was based on an efficient bureaucracy which combined the centralization of power with the decentralization of administration. The Achaemenid Empire (c. 550-330 BCE) founded by Cyrus the Great (r. c. 550-530...
Octagonal Prism of Sargon II from Khorsabad
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Octagonal Prism of Sargon II from Khorsabad

The cuneiform inscription on this octagonal spindle-shaped clay prism narrates the military campaigns of the Neo-Assyrian king Sargon II (reigned 722 - 705 BCE). Neo-Assyrian period, late 8th century BCE. From Nineveh, in modern-day Ninawa...
Cradles of Civilization - Sargon of Akkad
Video by DrDavidNeiman

Cradles of Civilization - Sargon of Akkad

In the fifth part of his lecture, Dr. Neiman explains that as the writing system developed, the Sumerian and Akkadian civilizations start describing their world. The autobiography of the Akkadian King Sargon of Akkad is recounted.
Glass Jar of Sargon II
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Glass Jar of Sargon II

This glass vessel was carved out of a solid block and the center was drilled out thereafter. Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sargon II, 721-705 BCE. From the North-West Palace at Nimrud, Northern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (British Museum...
Mesopotamian Naru Literature
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Mesopotamian Naru Literature

Mesopotamian Naru Literature was a literary genre, first appearing around the 2nd millennium BCE, which featured a famous person (usually a king) from history as the main character in a story that most often concerned humanity's relationship...
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