December 05, 2018


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Ancient Mesopotamia—the “land between the rivers” in the area of modern-day Iraq—was home to the Sumerians and other early cultures that have a central role in the history of civilization. Among its achievements are the creation of the earliest known script (cuneiform), the construction of monumental cities, the development of advanced astronomical and mathematical knowledge, and artistic and literary achievements that rival any in the ancient world. The exhibition covers three millennia from the first writing in about 3200 B.C. to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Babylon in 331 B.C.

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