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The Question of Identity: Ethnicity, Language, Religion, and Gender

Before Islam:  Mesopotamia

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Relief of Men Towing a Boat

Relief of Men Towing a Boat

Archaeologists from the Oriental Institute discovered this relief fragment in the debris of the throne room of King Sargon II. The fragment shows naked Assyrian soldiers towing a boat on a river, possibly during one of Sargon's military campaigns against Marduk-apla-iddina II, king of Babylon, whose name is inscribed in the text above the scene.

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