MESOPOTAMIAN SLIDE PRESENTATION

VEGETATION MAP OF MESOPOTAMIA

 

 

 

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE MIDDLE EAST

THE REEDS ARE STILL THERE TODAY, AND STILL USED BY THE INHABITANTS.

 

MARSH DWELLERS TODAY IN IRAQ

WHY DID THE PRODUCERS PUT SO MANY HOLES IN THE HELMET?

THE STANDARD OF UR

 

THE ORIGINAL STANDARD OF UR WAS ABOUT 11 INCHES LONG. 

 

 

Above is an image of a cast of a Babylonian school tablet.  The original is from the Babylonian city of Nippur and dates to the Hammurabi Dynasty (circa 1900-1600 B.C.E.).

 

MOUT ARARAT, TURKEY.  THIS IS THE SUPPOSED SITE WHERE NOAH’S ARK LANDED.

THIS IS FROM ONE OF ASHURBANIPAL’S FEASTS.

ASSURNASIRPAL II

ASHURBANIPAL THE KING

BLACK OBELISK.  WHAT MIGHT IT BE TELLING US?

This cast is a replica of a stone tablet (known as the Philadelphia Tablet).  It was cast from molds made off the original tablet. This tablet is dated to the Uruk iii period (3100 ­ 2900 B.C.E.).  There was a symbol that meant 1 sheep, another that meant 10 sheep, another for 1 unit of wine and another that meant 1 day’s work, etc. Dozens of items were counted this way and transactions recorded by pressing shapes into wet clay. To count 3 sheep and 2 units of wine, you had to use the symbol for 1 sheep, three times and the symbol for 1 wine twice. Quantities and things were tightly linked and only things that had economic importance to the leaders and accountants were symbolized. As society became more and more complex, the system became more unwieldy.

NUMERICAL TABLET

 

NUMBERS

LIST OF PROFESSIONS

WINGED BULL OF BABYLON (ASSURBANIPAL)

A BULL HARP

  By about 2400 BCE, Hurrians - people who spoke the Hurrian language - expanded southward from the highlands of Anatolia. They infiltrated and occupied a broad arc of fertile farmland stretching from the headwaters of the Habur River to the foothills of the Zagros Mountains.

From about 1500 BCE the Hurrian kingdom of Mittani, centered around the headwaters of the Habur River, was the dominant power among the small states of northern Mesopotamia and Syria.

 

WRITING BECOMES MORE ADVANCED AS THE NEEDS CHANGE.  

SUMERIAN OFFICIAL, PROBABLY A PRIEST

A FEMALE FROM THE SAME TIME AS THE OFFICIAL ABOVE.

A MORE PRIMITIVE STATUETTE OF A WOMAN  

 

HAMMURABI RECEIVES THE LAWS FROM MARDUK, HIS GOD.

 

WHICH IS THE GOD AND WHICH THE KING?

KING ON HIS THRONE

A CLAY MODEL OF A LATER MESOPOTAMIAN HOUSE

IDOLS

ISHTAR GATE FROM BABYLON

…A LION RELIEF FROM THE ISHTAR GATE

THE LIFE TREE

 

ASSYRIAN LION HUNT

 

LIONVASE

 

 

A MUD HUT TODAY LOOKS MUCH LIKE THAT OF 5 000 YEARS AGO.

 

OLD BABYLONIAN WEIGHTS

 

 

RAM IN THICKET

 

SENNACHERIB

 

SARGON

 

SCRIBES COUNTING

 

SEAL: BOAT WITH A BULL

 

SEALS FOR ADMINISTRATION

ASMAR

STATUETTE FROM URUK

TRADE ROUTES OF OLD ASSYRIA

SUMERIAN BOATS

BOARD GAME

HEADDRESS

ZIGGURAT EXCAVATION

UR WALLS

ZIGGURAT OF UR

ZIGGURAT OF UR

ASSYRIAN VICTORY STELE

VOTIVE STATUES

WINGED GENIE