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Ancient Mesopotamia at the Royal Ontario Museum

Some archaeologists believe that Mesopotamia was the cradle of modern civilization. It's the focus of a new exhibit at the ROM

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A record of Nebuchadnezzar's successes. Media and others were given a sneak preview of the Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibit opens June 22 and runs till Jan. 5, 2014.

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The Killing of Lions: The carving shows the king of a great city vanquishing the king of the wild, which represents order triumphing over chaos.

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The Epic of Gilgamesh, Tablet VI, tells the story of the fifth king of Uruk, which is in modern-day Iraq.

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Bronze head of a king. Media and others were given a sneak preview of the Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibit opens June 22 and runs till Jan. 5, 2014.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

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