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Ashurbanipal of Assyria was once the most powerful man on earth. He was a warrior, scholar, empire builder and king slayer.
He liked to utterly crush his enemies and boast about his victories, but his empire was controlled through more than brute force and fear. His skills as a strategist and diplomat enabled him to become one of Assyria's greatest rulers.
His reign marked the high point of the Assyrian empire, and his domain stretched from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran. His death signalled the end of the Assyrian empire and his great capital city of Nineveh was only rediscovered in the 1840s.
The exhibition will reveal the splendour of the forgotten King's palace, with its spectacular sculptures, sumptuous furnishings and exotic gardens.
> Craig’s review of British Museum – “I always feel like a school kid walking round here, looking at all the broken bones and stones and pretending to be keen. "Yes, Miss... a piece of pottery from 1,000 BC. Amazing." Don't forget to tick them off on your sheet, she says. "When can we can we go home, Miss?" Not for another three hours, she says. "Oh Jesus Christ, are you serious?… continued”
Reimagining Captain Cook – 29 Nov 2018 to 4 Aug 2019 – The British Museum will be marking the anniversary of Cook's Pacific voyage by looking at it from the Islander's perspective
The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard – 7 Feb to 4 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of artist's postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
Rembrandt — Thinking On Paper – 7 Feb to 4 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of 65 rarely seen Rembrandt prints and drawings to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Master's death
British Museum — Lost Kingdoms Sleepover – 16, 17 Mar, 13 and 14 Apr 2019 – Treat your kids to a sleepover at the British Museum where they'll learn about lost kingdoms in Africa, Asia and South America
Slavery, Culture & Collecting – 15 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2019 – This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britain's oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Moments of Silence — Imperial War Museum – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – Moments of Silence uses recordings of the silences captured at Remembrance Services at 11 AM on 11th November
Renewal — Life After The First World War – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – An exhibition of black and white photos showing the rebuilding and changes that took place after World War I.
Look for more museum exhibitions this month
If you enjoy British Museum then you might like to visit Petrie Museum (you can walk it 10 mins), Sir John Soane’s Museum (you can walk it in 7 mins), Victoria & Albert Museum (catch the train from Tottenham Court Road to South Kensington) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Tottenham Court Road to Bond Street)
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