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2600 Years of History in One Object

A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism. In this enthralling talk Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, traces 2600 years of Middle Eastern history through this single object.

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Ḫattuša: The Hittite Capital

Hattusa also Ḫattuša or Hattusas, (Hittite: URUḪa-at-tu-ša) was the capital of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age. Before 2000 BCE, the apparently indigenous Hattian people established a settlement on sites that had been occupied even earlier and referred to the site as Hattush. The Hattians built their initial settlement on the high ridge of Büyükkale.

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Did you know?

The historic Ishtar Gate, reconstructed and exhibited at the Pergamon Museum, Berlin, is only the upper-most part of ancient eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon.

In an effort to illustrate this ancient site in a new way, the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin and Google Arts & Culture have virtually reassembled Ishtar Gate, in its original location. This work of this project illustrates how the ancient landmark would have looked like before it was parted.

Photograph: Google Arts & Culture, circa 2015 CE.

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