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Marduk and the king of Babylon

The Ancient Akitu Festival and the Humbling of the King

The Akitu festival was one of the oldest Mesopotamian festivals, dating back to the middle of the third millennium BC. It was during this twelve day ceremonial event, which began at the first New...
The Sirrush Dragons guarded the Gate of Ishtar - Babylon

The Ishtar Gate and the Deities of Babylon

Read Part 1 - The Magnificent Ishtar Gate of Babylon The Ishtar Gate was the main entrance into the great city of Babylon, commissioned by King Nebuchadnezzar II (605 BC-562 BC) as part of his plan...
Akitu and New Year's Eve

The Ancient Origins of New Year’s Celebrations

On the 1 st January of every year, many countries around the world celebrate the beginning of a new year. But there is nothing new about New Year’s. In fact, festivals and celebrations marking the...