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Mesopotamia—the land "between the rivers" in modern-day Iraq—was home to the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians. Among their many achievements are the creation of the earliest known script (cuneiform), the formation of the first cities, the development of advanced astronomical and mathematical knowledge, and spectacular artistic and literary accomplishments. The exhibition covers three millennia from the first cities in about 3200 BC to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Babylon in 331 BC.
Exhibition organized by the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
Edited by Ariane Thomas and Timothy Potts
Edited by Nicola Crüsemann, Margarete van Ess, Markus Hilgert, and Beate Salje.
English translation edited by Timothy Potts
Discover the art of ancient Mesopotamia's first cities, kings, and writing with Getty Museum Director Tim Potts and Louvre curator Ariane Thomas.
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