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Human headed lions, Nineveh, near present day Mosul, Iraq. Nineveh was one of the oldest and greatest cities in antiquity. The area was settled as early as 6000 BC and, by 3000 BC, had become an important religious center for worship of the Assyrian goddess Ishtar. The early city (and subsequent buildings) were constructed on a fault line and, consequently, were damaged by a number of earthquakes.

Nineveh, near present day Mosul, Iraq. Nineveh was one of the oldest and greatest cities in antiquity. The area was settled as early as 6000 BC and, by 3000 BC, had become an important religious center for worship of the Assyrian goddess Ishtar.

Assyrian

Gate of all nations or Gate of Xerxes located at the ancient city of Persepolis. 70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran. Xerxes, who built this structure, named it "The Gate of All Countries" during the Persian em

Persian Empire (515 BC)

'Māda' (Median) herald leading a delegation on the famous tribute bearers bas-relief decorating the southern panel of the eastern stairway of the Apadana, Darius the Great's audience hall at Persepolis, capital of the Achaemenian Persian Empire BC)

NewGrange passage tomb,3200BC, 600 years older than the Pyramids  and 1,000 years more ancient than Stonehenge.

NEWGRANGE is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland, located about one kilometre north of the River Boyne. It was built during the Neolithic period around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.

Part of the Forma Urbis Romae or Severan Marble Plan.  A massive marble map of ancient Rome, created under the emperor Septimius Severus between 203 and 211 CE. It originally measured  60 ft wide by  45 ft high.

Part of the Forma Urbis Romae or Severan Marble Plan. A massive marble map of ancient Rome, created under the emperor Septimius Severus between 203 and 211 CE. It originally measured 60 ft wide by 45 ft high. This section shows a theatre.

King Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti praying to the sun-god Aten who provided his rays to the king and the queen.

King Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti praying to the sun-god Aten who provided his rays to the king and the queen. The sun rays end up with hands holding the key of life offering it to the royal family.