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West Asian beds – Mesopotamian houses

By |2018-04-09T10:35:32+00:00September 11th, 2017|Architecture, West Asia|

Drawing of the grass bed inside a reed hut from Ohalo II (Galilee, 21000 BC) When people came to West Asia from Africa about 60,000 BC, they brought the idea of sleeping in beds with them. People in Galilee (modern Israel) were already sleeping in beds in the Paleolithic time period, about 21,000 BC. While earlier African [...]

Assyrian palaces – West Asian architecture

By |2018-10-18T08:32:38+00:00September 11th, 2017|Architecture, West Asia|

On the walls of one of the Assyrian palaces, Assyrian soldiers attack a town. Some are swimming, using balloons made of goatskins to hold themselves up. Palace of Ashurnasirpal II, Nimrud, 860 BC. See the walls and buildings of the town? Assyrian kings built palaces The Assyrian kings' main architecture was their big palaces. The [...]

Persia and the Jews – West Asian history

By |2018-04-24T23:20:00+00:00August 24th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|

The remains of the Second Temple in Jerusalem In 536 BC, Cyrus the Great, the king of the Persians, conquered the Babylonian Empire. Cyrus believed that religious freedom was important to keeping his empire together. And he wanted each area (satrapy) of his empire to rule itself. So he let the Jews go home from Babylon [...]

Assyrian reliefs – West Asian project

By |2017-06-11T23:53:00+00:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, West Asia|

Siege of Nineveh When the Assyrian kings of what is now Iraq and Syria (ancient Mesopotamia) built their great palaces in the 700s and 600s BC, artists carved long stories into the walls, like stone comic books. These stories showed the wars that the kings fought - marching out to war, besieging cities, [...]