Roman Shield ~ "The winged sun is a symbol associated with divinity, royalty and power in the Ancient Near East (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Persia" --wikipedia

Etruscan-Roman Shield - "The winged sun is a symbol associated with divinity, royalty and power in the Ancient Near East (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Persia" - wikipedia)

This is a map of the Ancient Near East and it shows where the Hittites, Egyptians, Babylonians and Assyrians  during the 16th 14th century BC.

This is a map of the Ancient Near East. It shows where the Hittites, Egyptians, Babylonians & Assyrians were during the century BCE. (remember that many ancient names come from the Greek)

From my 'Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East' board: Art from the ancient sity of Susa. Iran.

From my 'Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East' board: Art from the ancient sity of Susa. I love art from this region and time period, especially animal-themed art.

Figure: Mother goddess,  Ancient Near East.  5th millenium B.C.E.  Marble

Figure: Mother Goddess -- Circa Millennium BCE -- Ancient Near East -- Marble

Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia c. 1450 BC - Assyria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Overview map of the Ancient Near East in the c. BC (Middle Assyrian period), showing the core territory of Assyria w/its major cities Assur & Nineveh wedged between Babylonia downstream (to the SE) & the states of Mitanni & Hatti upstream (to the NW)

From the ancient Near East, Syria, ca. 1000 to 800 BC. Delightful terracotta child's toy in the form of a covered cart and horse - each with original four wheels. Entire unit measures 9"L x 4-1/2"H, wheels once applied using wooden dowels which have been lost to age.

From the ancient Near East, Syria, ca. 1000 to 800 BCE. Delightful terracotta child's toy in the form of a covered cart and horse - each with original four wheels. Entire unit measures x wheels once applied using wooden dowels which have been lost to age.

The ancient Near East was the home of early civilizations within a region roughly corresponding to the modern Middle East: Mesopotamia (modern Iraq, southeast Turkey, southwest Iran, northeastern Syria and Kuwait),[1] ancient Egypt, ancient Iran (Elam, Media, Parthia and Persia), Anatolia/Asia Minor and Armenian Highlands (Turkey's Eastern Anatolia Region, Armenia, northwestern Iran, southern Georgia, and western Azerbaijan),[2] the Levant (modern Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, and…

Ancient Orient - Ancient Near East - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

See Maps of the Ancient Near East: Assyria Map

See Maps of the Ancient Near East

Maps of of ancient empires, showing political changes and biblical events. Includes the earliest known map, and other maps on clay tablets.

Greek Bee Fibula, 4th century BC The bee, found in the artifacts of Ancient Near East and Aegean cultures, was believed to be the sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the underworld.  Apollo's gift of prophecy first came to him from three bee maidens, usually identified with the Thriae. The Thriae was a trinity of pre-Hellenic Aegean bee goddesses.

Greek Bee Fibula, century BC The bee, found in the artifacts of Ancient Near East and Aegean cultures, was believed to be a sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the underworld.

Violin idol,  Ancient Near East.  circa 2700 - 2100 B.C.E.  Representations of the agricultural fertility "Mother Goddess" were commonly buried in graves, particularly those of children, likely indicating a belief in life after death.

Violin idol, Ancient Near East. circa 2700 - 2100 B. Representations of the agricultural fertility "Mother Goddess" were commonly buried in graves, particularly those of children, likely indicating a belief in life after death.

Amiash Idol,  Ancient Near East.  1st millennium B.C.E.  Terracotta.  Amlash refers to sites in the province of Gilan, Iran, along the Caspian Sea. Figures and animals were made in ceramic and bronze. The figures with "button" faces are thought to have been used in conjunction with burial rituals.

Northern Iran, Amlash terracotta idol of fertiltyl ca BC.

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