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Inside the British Museum #1

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May 6, 1998

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The massive gates at Balawat, made of wood and decorated with strips of worked bronze illustrating Assyrian battles..  Michael was impressed with the scene where they cut off the hands and feet of those they conquered.
x000710.jpg (12386 bytes) One of several magnificent winged bulls, which protected the doorways of Assyrian cities, allowing in only good and warding off evil spirits.
x000712.jpg (20721 bytes) The Rosetta Stone, under the close observation of these two amateur Egyptologists, is a slab of black basalt with Hieroglyphs, demotic and Greek scripts.  It was the key to recovering the ability to read Egyptian writing.
x000717.jpg (14287 bytes) This is the fašade of the Nereid monument from Xanthos.  Though under Persian rule at the time, this temple-like tomb shows heavy Greek influence on Lycian architecture.
x000722.jpg (24800 bytes) Two figures from the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.  The middle figure is also a wonder of the world, but from more recent times.
x000728.jpg (16141 bytes) Alexander the Great, conqueror of the known world, is honored to be in the presence of Sara,  conqueror of young men's hearts.

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