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About 2550 years ago, the latest king of Babylon deposited a cylinder in the foundations of a building which proclaimed to the Babylonian literati that he was just the kind of king that all the best Babylonian literature said a king should be. 618 more words


Iraq: Birthplace of the Human Rights Charter

When the French colonised the Middle East and Africa their strategy to subdue those they had invaded was to take a blade to the fabric of each society. 303 more words


A brief history of Human Rights

Human Rights are defined as the freedoms you are guaranteed simply because you are human.

They are based on the principle of respect for the individual and their fundamental assumption is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity. 789 more words

Museums: Feeding the Culture-Vultures

What museums must do to satisfy an increasingly demanding public…

Museums are meant to preserve and safeguard the collections entrusted to them, which makes them naturally conservative. 1,130 more words


Loan of a Parthenon sculpture to the Hermitage: a marble ambassador of a European ideal

Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum

The British Museum is a museum of the world, for the world and nothing demonstrates this more than the loan of a Parthenon sculpture to the… 630 more words


What's truth got to do got to do with it? University Challenge and Ancient History

Doing a history PhD is pointless – according to (both of) my city-banker-friends. All I’m doing is accumulating knowledge with no real world application, they say, as they use their iPhone 5 and somebody else’s money to trade imaginary bits of paper with randomly assigned values. 1,057 more words


World Record for a Piece of Ancient History from Babylon

Look at this rare piece of history that was auctioned off at Doyle New York on 9th of April and sold for a world record $605,000! 305 more words