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Hieroglyphics Detail, Abu Simbel
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Hieroglyphics Detail, Abu Simbel

Great Temple (height: 110 feet / 33 meters, width: 127 feet / 38 meters) built under the XIXth Dynasty. On the facade four colossuses about 67 feet / 20 meters high represent Rameses II (1290-1223 BCE). The complete work is about 210 feet...
Architectural Survey of Abu Simbel
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Architectural Survey of Abu Simbel

Geneva architect Jean Jacquet, a UNESCO expert, makes an architectural survey of the Great Temple of Rameses II (1290-1223 BCE). It is hoped that the temple will be preserved in its entirety .
UNESCO Archives Film Collection - The World Saves Abu Simbel (1972)
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UNESCO Archives Film Collection - The World Saves Abu Simbel (1972)

Digitized by the UNESCO Archives. A production of UNESCO and the Abu Simbel Joint Venture. When the work began on the High Aswan Dam in Upper Egypt, the two temples of Abu Simbel, carved in the living rock which rises from the banks of...
Shahnameh
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Shahnameh

The Shahnameh (“Book of Kings”, composed 977-1010 CE) is a medieval epic written by the poet Abolqasem Ferdowsi (l. c. 940-1020 CE) in order to preserve the myths, legends, history, language, and culture of ancient Persia. It is the longest...
Ferdowsi
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Ferdowsi

Abolqasem Ferdowsi (l. c. 940-1020 CE, also given as Abul-Qasem Ferdowsi Tusi, Firdawsi, Firdausi) is the author of the Shahnameh (The Persian Book of Kings), one of the greatest works of world literature and the national epic of Iran. He...
Ten Great Persian Poets
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Ten Great Persian Poets

Persian literature derives from a long oral tradition of poetic storytelling. The first recorded example of this tradition is the Behistun Inscription of Darius I (the Great, r. 522-486 BCE), carved on a cliff-face c. 522 BCE during the period...
Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae (UNESCO/NHK)
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Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae (UNESCO/NHK)

This outstanding archaeological area contains such magnificent monuments as the Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel and the Sanctuary of Isis at Philae, which were saved from the rising waters of the Nile thanks to the International Campaign...
Abu Mena (UNESCO/NHK)
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Abu Mena (UNESCO/NHK)

The church, baptistry, basilicas, public buildings, streets, monasteries, houses and workshops in this early Christian holy city in Egypt were built over the tomb of the martyr Menas of Alexandria, who died in A.D. 296. Source: UNESCO...
Akkadian Stele of Ilšu-rabi from Tell Abu Sheeja
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Akkadian Stele of Ilšu-rabi from Tell Abu Sheeja

The stele was found at Tell Abu Sheeja, north of modern-day Amarah city, Maysan Governorate, Iraq. The Old Akkadian cuneiform inscription on the left side of the viewer mentions the name of the city of Pašime. Pašime lies western to the ancient...
Detail of Statue of Abu Bint Deimon, Hatra
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Detail of Statue of Abu Bint Deimon, Hatra

Abu Bint Deimon was the wife of Sanatruq I (reigned c. 140 - 180 CE), king of Hatra. This is a detail of the upper part of the statue. It represents one of the finest sculptures from Hatra. She wears an elaborate headgear, earrings, necklaces...
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