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Lança pertencente a "Lugal", rei de Kish.

Lança pertencente a "Lugal", rei de Kish.

Gilgamesh - Mesopotamia

Colossal statue of the Sumerian hero ‘Gilgamesh’ ruler of the URUK. Plaster cast © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / photo: Olaf M.

Ancient Civilizations. Lapbooks and minibooks for Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Ancient Babylon and Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Civilizations

King Hammurabi united  Mesopotamia and made the  city-state of Babylon the capital  of the Babylonian Empire.

King Hammurabi united Mesopotamia and made the city-state of Babylon the capital of the Babylonian Empire.

Only Kings, Queens and Gods were allowed to carry this symbol. The ankh is the Egyptian sign of life and indicates that the King or God holding it has the power to give life or take it away from lesser mortals.

Only Kings, Queens and Gods were allowed to carry this symbol. The ankh is the Egyptian sign of life and indicates that the King or God holding it has the power to give life or take it away from lesser mortals

Cone of Enmetena, king of Lagash  “The text recounts the history of the borders drawn between the Sumerian states of Lagash and Umma (Lower Mesopotamia). The archivist of Enmetena (2404-2375 BC), prince of Lagash, relates the history of the contention from its beginning at the time when Mesalim, king of Kish, ruled over all Sumeria. The people of Umma did not keep the alliance treaty. Enmetena settled the difference and rebuilt the ditch.”

Cone of Enmetena, king of Lagash “The text recounts the history of the borders drawn between the Sumerian states of Lagash and Umma (Lower Mesopotamia). The archivist of Enmetena BC),.

Relief from the palace of King Sargon II in his capital city of Dur-Sharrukin (Khorsabad)

Relief from the palace of King Sargon II in his capital city of Dur-Sharrukin (Khorsabad) Assyrian king 722 bce

Headdress with leaf-shaped ornaments, 2600–2500 b.c.; Early Dynastic period IIIa; Sumerian style  Excavated at “King’s Grave,” Ur, Mesopotamia  Gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian.   From The Ancient World

Headdress with leaf-shaped ornaments, B. Sumerian style Excavated at “King’s Grave,” Ur, Mesopotamia

Gilgamesh, also known as Bilgames in early Sumerian texts, was the fifth king of Uruk around 2500 BC  for 126 years. In the Tummal Inscription, Gilgamesh, and his son Urlugal, rebuilt the sanctuary of the goddess Ninlil. In Mesopotamian mythology, he is demigod (two-thirds god and one-third man) with superhuman strength. The lion looks like a little cat!!

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh - In Mesopotamian mythology, he is demigod (two-thirds god and one-third man) with superhuman strength. The lion looks like a little cat!

the Lamassu.  The Lamassu were human headed winged bulls, sometimes with the paws of a lion, which were considered guardian figures to the king.

this is from Iran ,Perspolis . the Lamassu. The Lamassu were human headed winged bulls, sometimes with the paws of a lion, which were considered guardian figures to the king.

Assyrian Staues in Museums: Sargon I.,assyrian king 2340-2285 BCE

Assyrian Statues in Museums: Sargon I.,Assyrian king BCE (BCE, Before the Common Era, inclusive of everyone)

Persepolis, Iran,  Photograph by James Blair,    The ancient city of Persepolis in modern-day Iran was one of four capitals of the sprawling Persian Empire. Built beginning around 520 B.C., the city was a showcase for the empire. Persian rule lasted from about 550 B.C. until 330 B.C.

The ancient city of Persepolis (Iran) in modern-day Iran was one of four capitals of the sprawling Persian Empire. Built beginning around 520 B., the city was a showcase for the empire's staggering wealth, with grand architecture

Enkidu and Gilgamesh...look closely at Enkidu - he's a faun, perhaps the ancient god Pan? In my studies of world cultures, I've found a representative of Pan in each and every culture around the world, even India.  What does it mean?  Pan was the god of nature...a great protector.

Fate/zero - archer -GILGAMESH Sumerian heroes Enkidu and Gilgamesh; the future Heracles/Hercle/Hercules

Genie with a poppy flower. Relief from the Palace of king Sargon II at Dur…

Bas reliefs of a [genie] with poppies (top) and a man with an ibex and poppy (bottom), Assyrian, c. early century BCE, the era of Sargon II, found at the site of Dur Sharrukin (digital images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) .

Traje real, vestido babilónico

How to be Mesopotamian this Halloween

Ashurbanipal was an Assyrian king, the son of Esarhaddon and the last strong king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire BC). He is famed for amassing a significant collection of cuneiform documents for his royal palace at Nineveh.