19 July 2012: Ancient Assyrian Palaces

Power and Propaganda

Colin Hope

On 19 July 2012, Professor Colin Hope gave a lecture at Melbourne Museum on the monumental art of Mesopotamia.

The empires of the Assyrian and the Babylonians dominated the Near East during the first half of the first millennium BCE. The palaces erected by the rulers at such sites at Nimrud, Nineveh and Babylon were amongst the most spectacular structures in the region, lined with elaborately-carved and painted reliefs and inlaid tiles, and entrances protected by huge winged bulls.

These structures displayed the might of empire and were intended to fill the viewer, both local and foreign, with fear of the ruler. But they are also the source of thousands of inscribed clay tablets that reveal major cultural achievements that have influenced the development of western culture.

This talk will focus upon the use of monumental art to carry messages of power and propaganda, and outline the cultural achievements of their builders.

Speaker Biography
Colin Hope is an Associate Professor at Monash University and Director of its Centre for Archaeology & Ancient History. He has participated extensively in archaeological fieldwork around the Middle East, in Jordan, Syria and the Sinai, as well as throughout Egypt. He has for many years also lectured on the cultural evolution of ancient Iraq and her impact upon the region.

This lecture was proudly supported by the University of Melbourne, University Partner

Listen now to a recording of this lecture (41:26 minutes):


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