|The Rosetta Stone, British Museum,|
The Egyptian exhibits were stunning, as one would expect:
|Amenhotep III's left arm|
But I was most surprised and astounded by the Assyrian artifacts. Here, for instance, is a Lamassu from Khorsabad that apparently goes back to the reign of Sargon II in the late 8th century BCE:
More exciting still is a series of wall panels depicting Sennacherib's siege of Lachish in 701 BCE:
letters inscribed on ostraca that were discovered when Lachish was excavated in the 1930's.
On a final dash through the second floor, I snapped pictures of various 1st-century Roman emperors for use in class:
|The Emperor Augustus|
If it were not for the incentive of seeing real mummies...
... we would have missed the Cyrus Cylinder, which describes Cyrus's policy of repatriating subject peoples to their homelands:
Admission is free, so it is churlish to complain that the museum is simply too large to take in on a single visit. The contents could easily be divided into a half-dozen world-class museums.