Ancient Assyrian palace of Assurbanipal sculpture - Louvre - Pictures images photos { 20 images } Created 12 Feb 2016

Pictures images photos pf the stone relief sculptured panels from the palace of Assurbanipal room VI/T1, Nimrud, third quarter of the 8th century BC. Louvre Museum , Paris . Ashurbanipal ( Assurbanipal, Asshurbanipal, and Asurbanipal) was the king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire from the death of his father Esarhaddon in 668 BC to his own death in 631 BC. At the time of Ashurbanipal's reign, the Neo-Assyrian Empire was the largest empire that the world had ever seen and its capital, Nineveh, was probably the largest city on the planet. Selected as heir by his father in 672 BC despite not being the eldest son, Ashurbanipal ascended to the throne in 669 BC jointly with his elder brother Shamash-shum-ukin, who became king of Babylon. Much of the early years of Ashurbanipal's reign was spent fighting rebellions in Egypt, which had been conquered by his father. Nineveh was destroyed in 612 BC and the Library of Ashurbanipal was buried under the walls of Ashurbanipal's burning palace and lost to history for more than two thousand years. It was unearthed in the 19th century by Austen Henry Layard and Hormuzd Rassam and the translations of the contents within it by George Smith brought the ancient Mesopotamian texts to the modern world.

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