Frieze at Palace of Ashurbanipal

In Syria there are still remains of the palace that is attributed to Ashurnasirpal II, son of Sennacherib, and from it several friezes carved of events from his reign have been ‘collected’ in the British Museum in London.

The pavilion, with its elaborate columns, is a type of architecture that was probably introduced from Syria. Within the gardens is an Assyrian stela, similar to a stela of Ashurnasirpal II now in The British Museum.

The treasures of the ancient world are scattered far and wide from their original homes, but that has given some of us an opportunity to visit them.   While it’s dubious that their best use is as displays in museums in foreign countries, lands that posses such art have been willing to lend them for others to appreciate, and perhaps someday a proper distribution will be worked out willingly by countries that will care for them and let them be displayed to appreciative students of art everywhere.

After siege of Lachish, 701 B.C., Judeans went into slavery

At Sennacherib’s palace, the depiction of the enslavement of Judeans is remarkable for its place in history.

…in his third campaign of 701 B.C., Sennacherib devastated much of Judah and utterly destroyed its second most important city, Lachish. As a result, King Hezekiah paid enormous tribute to Sennacherib, and Judah became to a large extent an Assyrian vassal state
The destruction of Lachish is important not only historically, but also because it is uniquely documented. For no other ancient event of comparable significance is so much, and so many different kinds of, source material available.

Few documented events of the ancient history of Syria are available, making these more precious than art alone.

While I would love the treasures of our ancients to stay in place, I admit that I’d never have been able to visit in person these particular ones if they had.


Update;  due to problems with the system, I could not get onto this post after the first four comments.

Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.