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    "Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age"

    Anybody in the NY area (or visiting) planning on visiting The Met for "Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age?"

    I hope to make it out to The Met one day before the exhibit ends on January 4, 2015.

    At its height in the 8th to 7th century B.C., the Assyrian Empire was the dominant power of the ancient Near East and the largest empire the world had yet seen, spanning 1,000 miles in a continuous swathe from Assyria (present-day northern Iraq) to the Mediterranean. As Assyria expanded, the Phoenician city-states of the Levant—precariously located along the edge of Assyrian territory—were compelled to expand and strengthen their maritime trade networks to the west. The mercantile connections they established along the northern coast of Africa and the southern coast of Europe to the strait of Gibraltar and beyond, to the Atlantic, became conduits for raw materials, luxury goods, images, and ideas between the Near East and the Mediterranean.

    Opening September 22 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the landmark exhibition Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age will trace—through some 260 works of art on loan from major collections in Western Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States—the deep roots of interaction between the ancient Near East and the lands along the shores of the Mediterranean and their impact on the artistic traditions that developed in the region. Parallels will also be drawn between works in the exhibition and those in the Metropolitan Museum’s permanent collection in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humanist View Post
    Anybody in the NY area (or visiting) planning on visiting The Met for "Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age?"

    I hope to make it out to The Met one day before the exhibit ends on January 4, 2015.
    That looks interesting, it would be a good day trip.

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    They surly started the classical age.

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