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The British Museum’s exhibition on the art and archaeology of Babylon is a tribute to the greatness of a fallen empire—Imperial Germany, the Kaiserreich, 1871–1918. It was the archaeologists of the German Orient Society, led by Robert Johann Koldewey, who uncovered the ruins of Babylon between 1887 and 1917, including the foundations of the ziggurat Etemenanki, supposedly the Tower of Babel, Nebuchadnezzar’s palace, and the Ishtar Gate. The finest artifacts in the current British exhibition all owe their existence to the care and Kultur of the German scholars, who excavated fragile mud brick ruins and reconstructed from mere fragments richly colored lions and dragons in glazed brick. But why come to see them in London, when you can see a full-sized reproduction of the entire Ishtar Gate in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin? Indeed the present exhibition in the British Museum is a mere remnant of an earlier one held in that c ...
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