This week’s Six Pillars radio show is the second part of an in-depth tour of “I Am Ashurbanipal, King of the World” on show this month at The British Museum London. One of history’s most dominant Kings, this Assyrian has yet been forgotten. A fierce, entirely merciless warrior, a proud scholar (the first in his line), empire-builder, a self-proclaimed king-slayer, a frequent lion hunter (to show his prowess, as lion’s represented chaos) and collector of works on magic, medicine and law in cuneiform script (an alphabet of several languages printed in clay in lines and wedges) script.
At the time of Ashurbanipal’s reign (669–c. 631 BC) Assyria was the largest empire in the world, based in Iraq & Syria stretching from Cyprus in the west, to Iran in the east, and even once included Egypt. Exhibition projects curator Carine Harmand gives an insider’s view of the exhibition, both of the artifacts uses, meanings and origins, and the history time line of a king that ‘ruled the world’ but is now remembered as a tyrant. The show ends soon.
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Part I – Podcast
Repeats Wednesday 1-1.30pm
After the repeat, catch the PODCAST.