Ancient Iraq (Eyewitness) by Philip Steele

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Be an eyewitness to historical Iraq. return in time to among 3500 to 500 BC, and stopover at the 'land among rivers'. observe the birthplace of writing and farming and the place the 1st nice towns, states and empires rose; domestic to the Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian civilizations. Get the image utilizing the clip-art CD with over a hundred extraordinary pictures to obtain. Then use the enormous pull-out wallchart to accessorize your room. nice for initiatives or simply for enjoyable, this fact-packed consultant and CD will exhibit and let you know every little thing you want to learn about this historic land and civilization. "I am an important fan of these...They are brilliantly visual". "There isn't really a baby that may manage to face up to picking out that up" - "Reader Reviews".

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4/,) 2ED 3EA THE BIG PICTURE The second millennium bce saw dramatic changes across Western Asia. Egypt extended its territory north into Palestine, and its armies even reached the Euphrates. At the same time, the Hittites moved south. They clashed with the Hurrian kingdom of Mittani around 1480 bce, and fought the Egyptians at the indecisive Battle of Qadesh in 1274 bce. Silver, gold, tin, bronze, ivory, and ebony from northwest Syria Hittite tribute of silver, gold, lead, copper, ivory, and cypress wood 34 THE BLACK OBELISK HITTITE WARRIOR This column or obelisk was made for the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III, who reigned from 858 to 824 bce.

Marduk’s battle with Tiamat was depicted on the walls of the Esagila, Babylon’s main temple. SPRING FESTIVALS Festivals like Akitu have been celebrated for thousands of years across western Asia. Novruz, Nawruz, or Norouz (╆“new day”) is rooted in ancient Persian tradition with elements of the Zoroastrian faith and Islam. It is still a major festival, and is marked across the region, from Turkey to India. This Norouz feast table, decorated with painted eggs, is from Iran. 55 The Persians While Babylon thrived during the age of PRIESTS OF ZOROASTER Zoroastrianism, one of the first faiths centred around a single god, originated in ancient Persia yet Cyrus tolerated other religions too.

One held both sets of reins, leaving the other free to release a hail of arrows. Arrows had shafts of reeds and heads of flint, bone, or metal. The art of hunting Mesopotamian civilization arose at the time when farming replaced hunting as the chief source of food. As the centuries passed, hunting for food still continued in wetlands, forests, and mountains. However, to the rulers in their walled cities on the plains, hunting became more of a ritual, designed to show off the king’s bravery, superiority, and the favour he found with the gods.

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