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Latif Al-Ani (b. 1932).

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HATRA

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Hatra may have been built by the Assyrians or by the Achaemenid Empire, or possibly in the 3rd or 2nd century BC under the influence of the Seleucid Empire, but there is no reliable information on the city before the Parthian period. The city flourished during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, as a religious and trading center.Later on, the city became the capital of possibly the first Arab Kingdom.

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Below: Hatra in 1911.

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MOSUL MUSEUM

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After the Iraqi army reclaimed government buildings and the museum in Mosul last Tuesday, March 7, it was revealed this weekend that the museum, which once contained many priceless, unique artifacts, had been almost completely cleared out and destroyed.

Full article HERE.

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MOMA takes a stand

momaMOMA – The Museum of Modern Art — in one of the strongest protests yet by a major cultural institution, has reconfigured its fifth-floor permanent-collection galleries — interrupting its narrative of Western Modernism, from Cézanne through World War II — to showcase contemporary art from Iran, Iraq and Sudan, whose citizens are subject to the ban.

View full article HERE.

Museum of Lost Objects: Looted Sumerian Seal

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In April 2003, almost the entire collection of ancient cylinder seals was stolen from the Iraq Museum in Baghdad – and it remains missing.

In the chaotic, violent April of 2003, as US tanks rolled into Baghdad, the Iraq Museum was broken into and pillaged. Looters rampaged through the halls, storerooms, and cellars, stealing more than 15,000 precious objects.

“It was terrible. You didn’t want to believe it,” says Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani, who worked for many years at the museum before moving to London.

Read full article HERE.