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British Museum and National Gallery Tour

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Ramesis IIHighlights of the Great National and International Medieval Master Painters from the 13th. Century to the Pre-Raphaelite Period.

Your tour guide will explore with you the changing attitudes of collectors and curators through the centuries to the patination of antique bronzes from all over the ancient world. Hear the unfolding of the fascinating origin of the the Assyrian Temples, i.e. Mesopotamia: the foundations of western civilization were laid by the ancient societies which flourished in Mesopotamia, a land known as the 'fertile crescent', through which flow the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. This area saw some of the earliest experiments in agriculture and irrigation, the invention of writing, the birth of mathematics and the development of urban life.

A stop in front of the unique Rosetta Stone and unravel the mistery of the Egyptian Mummies.
British Museum London Bringing to life the Elgin Marbles and the Greek civilisation.
Stare in complete amazement at the best Roman relics.

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Using the evidence of archaeology and ancient texts, explore the history of Ancient Mesopotamia from Pehistoric times to the rise of Babylon before 1500BC., The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, Neo-Assyrian, 858-824 BC. From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), northern Iraq.

The military achievements of an Assyrian king, king of Assyria (704-681 BC) Sennacherib, whose name (Sin-ahhe-criba) means 'the god Sin has replaced the brothers', came to the throne of Assyria in 704 BC. Roman Vase from British Museum London The new king shifted the capital from Dur-Sharrukin (modern Khorsabad) to the ancient city of Nineveh, which he rebuilt in unparalleled splendour. This great palace, which Sennacherib describes in his inscriptions as 'without rival', is known today as the South-West Palace.

Many rooms were decorated with alabaster wall reliefs.

Sennacherib was mainly preoccupied with trying to resolve the political situation in Babylonia, a region that had only recently been retaken by his father Sargon II.

Sennacherib's main opponent was a local leader called Marduk-apla-iddina II (the biblical Merodach-baladan) who was supported by Elam. From 703-689 BC Sennacherib fought to control south Mesopotamia until finally, after a fifteen-month siege, the city of Babylon was captured and sacked. In 701 BC Sennacherib sacked the city of Lachish in Judah but failed to take the capital Jerusalem. British Museum London New Extension

His other campaigns in the southern Levant, Anatolia, and in the Syrian desert against the Arabs, were concerned with frontier security. In 681 BC Sennacherib was assassinated by two of his sons while he prayed in a temple. He was succeeded by another son, Esarhaddon.

See Totems and hear stories on the Oriental Artifacts on the Planet.

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