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    In order to answer the questions, we have to break down and understand each society individually. It is from there that we can see how they compare or contrast. Assyrians: (Western Civilizations – Norton Publications, pg. 60-62). Under the aggressive and barbaric rule of Ashurnasirpal II became known for their savagery. Eventually, Ashurnasirpal II was usurped by Tiglath Pileser III. Pileser was followed by Shalmeneser and finally by Sargon II. It wasn’t until Sargon II’s rule did the Assyrians really become a power house. Under a military dictatorship they built and spread terror and caused oppression. They began to use religion as a tool which demanded that there be sacrifices and constant expansion of worship through military conquest. Sargon II was seen as all powerful and used his power to exploit his conquests. Persians: (Western Civilizations – Norton Publications, pg.64-66) The Persians were lead by Cyrus, who was a strategist that conquered…

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    I made it [the palace] fittingly imposing.” To Ashurnasirpal, the existence of the Lamassu was not solely for its guardian like qualities, but it also inhibits the grandiloquent qualities of showcasing strength and the ability of being astounding not only to Assyrians, but also to the enemies of their kingdom. The Lamassu visually satisfies the criteria of sculptural anthropomorphism. The deux hybrids on view at the MET was a combination of man, bull, and bird and a mélange of man, lion, and…

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    Striding lion from Near East, Mesopotamia, Babylon, Iraq. Neo-Babylonian Period, 604-561 BCE. The striding lion with an open mouth was lined the Processional Way to the Temple of Marduk from Ishtar Gate at Babylon. The size is 41 3/4 in. by 91 5/16 in. Glazed bricks. The striding lion is a symbol of Ishtar, the goddess of Love and War. All 120 lions were protecters of Babylon and at the same time were leading the way from Ishtar Gate to the Marduk Temple. Neo-Babylonian used animals as symbols…

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    Assyrian Art Analysis

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    throne room of the Northwest Palace of King Ashurnasirpal II in Nimrud, Iraq, presents a shallowly carved, highly detailed figure, probably representing the king, on a large slab of gypseous limestone accompanying lines of inscribed cuneiform, resembling an orthostat. The most remarkable aspect of this low relief is how the artist utilized common techniques of Assyrian art to create…

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    Among our most intrinsic human characteristics, we strive to express ourselves both creatively and socially. Combining these two traits creates an artistic interaction between an audience and a medium. Cinema, arguably the most visually astounding form of art, not only stimulates visually, but subjects viewers to haptic and acoustic experiences as well. The film scholar, Thomas Elsaesser, makes various points in his book “Film Theory” describing several ways in which we can experience the film…

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    Xenophon acquired a “taste for war and a distaste for democracy.” His hatred for Athens lead him to the next logical step: to leave Athens at all costs, even going so far as to venture outside of Greece to join Cyrus—Darius’ second son and thereby the second in line for his throne—and his army in their attempts to secure Cyrus’ kingship in Persia over his brother, the reigning king Artaxerxes II. In contrast to his decidedly negative experience amongst Athenian Greeks, Xenophon enjoyed an…

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    Egypt was expanded to Syria, Nubia, and farther south to the Fourth Cataract drastically improving Egyptian influence, lessening its chances of being attacked. Under Thutmose I, Egypt became the first empire to command western Asia. Not only was Egypt expanding and gaining prosperity, but it was also able to attain peace with other countries who did not dare invade. With the open of the New Kingdom and the defeat of the Hyksos, however, came a new array of enemies, one of which was the Hittites.…

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    Psycho Film Analysis

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    Hitchcock’s Psycho, from ‘Inside Norman Bates’ and ‘The World Inside Its Image’ The benchmark of horror films could easily be Hitchcock’s most revered work ‘Psycho’ (1960). The black and white filmscape does not downplay the crimson colour of blood spiralling down the plughole after Marion’s fatal stabbing, nor the shock of Norman’s mothers sunken eye sockets. It’s 2015 and this is the first time I have properly been introduced to the film however as a testament to its making I had nightmares…

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    Copper Masks

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    The essay “Kings, Crowns, and Rights of Succession: Obalufon Arts at Ife and Other Yoruba Centers” by Suzanne Preston Blier argues that Copper mask said to represent Ife king Obalufon II is related to the succession of rulers and that its symbolism comes from Obalufon II’s time as a ruler as well as his deification (386). This article is effective because of its meticulous examination of the history of Obalufon II, Ife history and other works relating to the mask. Blier begins the essay by…

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    Tutankhamun's Funeral Mask

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    Tutankhamun's mask The stunning, gold funeral mask of Pharaoh Tutankhamun is considered to be one of the most highly artistic, complex, and beautiful pieces of art crafted by the ancient Egyptians. Tutankhamun, or better known as “King Tut”, reigned from 1332-1323 BC. His name translates to “The living image of Aten.” He was considered to be an atrocious ruler, even at nine years old, unlike his father before him. Under his ruling, he made many changes to Egypt that were unpopular with the…

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