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This exhibition is sponsored by the Total Foundation and AG2R La Mondiale.

Situated between the two great rivers, largely in what is now Iraq, Mesopotamia was the cradle of modern economics and of the writing with which history began. It was also home to the first cities and the oldest known political and administrative systems. Our present-day cities, living environment, beliefs, and imaginative ethos might be very different from those of ancient Mesopotamia, but they remain the legacy of those fundamental “firsts” of its civilization.

This is the world, at once close and at a distant remove, that the exhibition will present in the form of major artworks and newly discovered testimony to the Mesopotamia of the 3rd to the 1st millennium BC. The aim is to demonstrate the foundational importance of this world heritage, partially known to us through the Bible and rediscovered by 19th-century archaeological ventures: a heritage now under threat from the tragic situation in Iraq and the Middle East.

Organized by:

Ariane Thomas, Musée du Louvre.

Practical information

From November 2, 2016 to January 23, 2017

Musée du Louvre-Lens