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What did it mean to be the king of the world 3,000 years ago?
The Assyrians with their heartland in northern Mesopotamia, once dominated the known world and created the first proper empire.
One of the Assyrian kings, Ashurnasirpal II, controlled an empire that stretched from Turkey to Arabia, Egypt to Iran. He controlled the people, made laws, managed the religion, he was also a warrior king, leading his armoured battering rams in to enemy walls and his troops across rivers in sophisticated amphibious assaults. And then he’d relax in an expansive palace of colourful friezes guarded by supernatural creatures. (He also fought lions in a his spare time.)
Join us on this virtual tour of the British Museum’s Assyrian gallery of Ashurnasirpal given by an ex-British Museum guide. We’ll be using walk-through images of the gallery to really bring it to life.
- Duration: 1 hr 15 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (a recording will be available)
Meet the Host, Loona
Loona Hazarika is a history geek who has been giving guided tours of his birthplace London for over 15 years. Trained by the British Museum (where he was an official tour guide) he co-founded London City Steps, a social enterprise that helps to train and give confidence to underprivileged youth via a love of local history.
He spent a year volunteering at the Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda where he recorded and set up their first audio guides system and has advised and appeared on TV history shows such as BBC TV’s The ‘Hairy Builder’, ‘the Repair Shop’ and SKY Atlantic’s ‘Urban Secrets’
He has a Master’s Degree in economics from the University of Cambridge.
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