Ashur­ba­n­i­pal: King of the World comes to BM

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS -

This au­tumn, the Bri­tish Mu­seum is putting on a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion to dis­cover the world of an­cient Assyria through the life and legacy of its last great ruler, King Ashur­ba­n­i­pal. The BP ex­hi­bi­tion I am Ashur­ba­n­i­pal: king of the

world, king of Assyria trans­ports vis­i­tors back to an­cient Iraq in the 7th cen­tury BCE, when Ashur­ba­n­i­pal be­came the most pow­er­ful per­son on earth. From his cap­i­tal at Nin­eveh, he ruled a vast and di­verse em­pire, shap­ing the lives of peo­ples from the shores of the east­ern Mediter­ranean to the moun­tains of western Iran.

This will be the first ever ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion to ex­plore the life of Ashur­ba­n­i­pal in such depth. The ex­hi­bi­tion will tell Ashur­ba­n­i­pal’s re­mark­able story through the vivid nar­ra­tives recorded on his palace sculp­tures, the hun­dreds of cu­nei­form texts that sur­vive from his li­brary and from the wealth of ob­jects dis­cov­ered by ar­chae­ol­o­gists work­ing in the re­gion. More than 200 ex­tra­or­di­nary ob­jects from all cor­ners of the em­pire re­veal how one of the great­est Assyr­ian monar­chs stamped an in­deli­ble mark on the his­tory of the world.

The Bri­tish Mu­seum’s col­lec­tion of Assyr­ian trea­sures will be com­ple­mented by key loans from across the globe, in­clud­ing unique ob­jects and art­works from the col­lec­tions of the His­tory Mu­seum of Ar­me­nia, Yere­van; the Musée du Lou­vre, Paris; the Vorderasi­atis­ches Mu­seum, Ber­lin; the State Her­mitage Mu­seum, St Peters­burg; the Museo Gre­go­ri­ano Etr­usco, and Mu­sei Vat­i­cani, Vat­i­can City. Many of th­ese re­mark­able ob­jects have never trav­elled to the UK be­fore. Show­ing from 8 Novem­ber 2018 - 24 Fe­bru­ary 2019.

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