Encountering Ashurbanipal

A great review of the Ashurbanipal exhibition at the British Museum – Continues until 24th February 2019.

Classical Studies Support

British Museum: I am Ashurbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria.

A review by Klara Hegedus.

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This exhibition highlights Ashurbanipal, who became King of Assyria, the largest empire in the world, in 669 BCE.

The themes of his reign are familiar. A fatal feud with a brother, espionage, war, fine artefacts and eventual collapse. It is also familiar as it left primary sources, details of scholarship, information flow and details of trade.

A Curator’s Commentary, lasting approximately 45 minutes, which discusses the content of the exhibition is available on iTunes for £2.99. There is also a detailed and comprehensive exhibition book [Editor’s Note: there are also Ashurbanipal socks, which I want for Christmas!]. This piece concentrates on the exhibition itself.

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Museums need to make their content accessible and interesting to the modern visitor. They need to attract visitors and get them to return.

This exhibition is…

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