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The Babylonians

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32 pages

David, the young apprentice painter and his wise teacher, Master Messina, embark on a new adventure direction to discover the unknown art of Mesopotamia. But this time, they will not be going alone. The attractive and intelligent Angela will be travelling with them into the past, giving them the benefit of her particular vision of things.

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THIS SEEMS MORE LIKE THE HEAD OF A BEARDED MAN THAN A LION’S HEAD!
... PLACED AT THE ENTRANCES TO PALACES TO FRIGHTEN...
UGH! IT ALWAYS GOES LIKE THAT, DON’T KNOW WHY.
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DAVID!
A Friday afternoon in the study of Master Messina.
THIS REMINDS ME OF THOSE ANDROCEPHALOUS ANIMALS IN MESOPOTAMIAN CULTURES...
WHO IS THAT WENCH?
IT’S MY NIECE. DON’T WORRY ABOUT HER. SHE’S GONE TO READ AND SHE WON’T BE BOTHERING US.
EXCUSE MY ABSENT MINDEDNESS, MASTER MESSINA. WHAT ARE MIDBOTANIC CULTURES?
ME SOPOTAMIC! OR RATHER FROM MESOPOTAMIA.
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND CONCENTRATE ON MY WORDS.
HOW ABOUT TAKING A LITTLE IMAGINARY TRIP OF OUR OWN TO MESOPOTAMIA?
SURE.
THE LIGHT IS A PLACE BETWEEN TWO RIVERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST... GO TOWARDS THE LIGHT.
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FANTASTIC!
ARE YOU UP FOR IT?
SURE I AM! LET’S GO!
YOU’RE RELAXED... THERE’S A SHAFT OF LIGHT... GO TOWARDS THE LIGHT... THE LIGHT.
WE START WELL. I’M COMPLETELY WET THROUGH.
I DON’T KNOW. I WAS JUST READING... I HEARD YOUR VOICE... I LISTENED CLOSELY... I FELL ASLEEP... AND NOW I’M HERE. I’M SORRY.
LET’S GET ON AHEAD. COME ON.
DON’T WORRY. YOU’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG. COME WITH US.
THANKS.
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WELCOME TO MESOPOTAMIA!
HI THERE!
ANGELA! HOW DID YOU GET HERE?
YEAH. WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE IN OUR IMAGINA TIONS?
WHAT A JINX!
THE GREEKS CALLED IT MESOPOTAMIA, WHICH MEANS “BETWEEN RIVERS”, THE AREA OF THE MIDDLE EAST BETWEEN THE TIGRIS AND THE EUPHRATES RIVERS.
NOW WE ARE AT AROUND 600 BC, IN FRONT OF THE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD AT THE MOMENT: BABYLON.
BABYLON!!
THIS IS THE ISHTAR GATE.
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MESOPOTAMIAN CIVILIZATIONS DEVELOPED THEIR CULTURES FROM THE FOURTH CENTURY TO THE END OF THE FIRST MILLENNIUM BC. THEY BUILT THE FIRST TOWNS AND INVENTED WRITING.
BABYLON, SITUATED ON THE BANKS OF THE EUPHRATES, STEMS FROM “BABIILU” WHICH MEANS “THE DOORWAY OF THE GOD”.
THE FIRST TOWNS!
WRITING!
I’M STARTING TO GET NERVOUS. LET’S GO IN NOW.