Perceptions of Assyria: Art, Culture and Politics

9 February '19 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


This symposium will examine perceptions of Assyria in art, culture and politics from the 19th century to the present day.

Assyria’s ‘rediscovery’ in the 19th century captured the public imagination in Europe and went on to influence European art and design. In the early 20th century, when Iraq became a nation, Assyria became an important symbol of the country’s national identity.

In the 21st century, images of Assyrian heritage are synonymous with conflict and destruction, while a new generation of artists draw on Iraq’s rich heritage to address the present and reflect on the future.

Included in the ticket price is entry to exhibition I am Ashurbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria.

Registration opens 09.30.
Symposium from 10.00 am to 17.00.

See full programme HERE.


The British Museum

The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG


Carine Harmand, Middle East department

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