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I am Ashurbanipal : king of the world, king of Assyria

Gareth Brereton (Editor, Author), Julian Reade (Author), Paul Collins (Author), Irving L. Finkel (Author), J. Taylor (Author), Jonathan N. Tubb (Author), Thomas Michael Kiely (Author), Paul E. Zimansky (Author), Yūsuf Ḥasanʹzādah (Author), John Curtis (Author), François Bridey (Author), Jamie R. Novotny (Author), Chikako E. Watanabe (Author), Davide Nadali (Author), Ronnie Goldstein (Author), Elnathan Weissert (Author), John MacGinnis (Author), Henrietta McCall (Author), Falih Almutrb (Author), Sébastien Rey (Author), British Museum (Issuing body, Publisher, Organizer, Host institution), Thames and Hudson (Publisher)
"In 668 BCE Ashurbanipal inherited the largest empire in the world, stretching from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran. He ruled from his massive capital at Nineveh, in present-day Iraq, where temples and palaces adorned with brilliantly carved sculptures dominated the citadel mound, and an elaborate system of canals brought water to his pleasure gardens and game parks. Ashurbanipal, proud of his scholarship, assembled the greatest library in existence during his reign. Guided by this knowledge, he defined the course of the empire and asserted his claim to be "King of the World". Beautifully illustrated, this book will feature images of objects excavated from all corners of the empire and will highlight the British Museum's unrivalled collection of Assyrian reliefs, which bring to life the tumultuous story of Ashurbanipal's reign: his conquest of Egypt, the crushing defeat of his rebellious brother, and his ruthless campaign against the Elamite rulers of southwest Iran. Published to accompany a once-in-a-generation exhibition at the British Museum, I am Ashurbanipal gives a fascinating account of the Assyrian Empire told through the story of its last great ruler, and will highlight the importance of preserving Iraq's rich cultural heritage for future generations."--Publisher's description
Print Book, English, 2018
Thames & Hudson ; In collaboration with the British Museum, New York, New York, London, England, 2018
exhibition catalogs
348 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, plans ; 29 cm
9780500480397, 9780500480441, 0500480397, 0500480443
Forewords • 1. Nineveh: the centre of the world • 2. Assyria in the world • 3. Violence into order • 4. Imagining Assyria
"This publication accompanies the BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria at the British Museum from 8 November 2018 to 24 February 2019"--Title page verso
"First published in 2018 in the United States of America by Thams & Hudson Inc. in collaboration with the British Museum."--Title page verso