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The rise and fall of the Assyrian Empire - Marian H. Feldman

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Before the sun never set on the British Empire; before Genghis Khan swept the steppe; before Rome extended its influence to encircle the Mediterranean Sea; there was ancient Assyria. Considered by historians to be the first true empire, Assyria’s innovations laid the groundwork for every superpower that has followed. Marian H Feldman details the rise and fall of the Assyrian Empire.

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  • Educator Marian H Feldman
  • Director Naghmeh Farzaneh
  • Script Editor Brendan Pelsue
  • Animator Naghmeh Farzaneh
  • Composer Adam Larison
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Julianna Zarzycki

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A large number of written texts—clay tablets written using the cuneiform script in the languages of Akkadian and Sumerian—document the complexity and range of Assyrian imperial affairs and accomplishments. There is extensive, active research on these texts by scholars today, which can be accessed through a number of project sites, including here and here. For further detailed information, check out this site and this one.

Archaeologists from the British Museum have also excavated hundreds of thousands of texts from King Ashurbanipal’s library. Click here to find out more.

The impressive architectural and artistic remains further attest to the technical and creative skills of the ancient Assyrian artists, who were supported in their creative endeavors by the Assyrian royal court. Many of these monuments and art works are now in museums and can be accessed here and here.

There are also several virtual reality projects currently working to provide 3D reconstructions of ancient Assyrian buildings and cities.

The cultural heritage of Iraq and Syria have been seriously threatened in recent years by political events. This includes important Assyrian sites, such as Nimrud and Nineveh near Mosul in northern Iraq. This is an ongoing and developing situation. For some overviews and discussion see here and here.

The looting of the Iraq Museum in April 2003 also caused an international crisis. To study the objects from the Iraq Museum, click here.
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  • Director Naghmeh Farzaneh
  • Script Editor Brendan Pelsue
  • Animator Naghmeh Farzaneh
  • Composer Adam Larison
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Julianna Zarzycki

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