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Map of the World from Sippar, Mesopotamia


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 04 February 2014
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This tablet contains both a cuneiform inscription and a unique map of the Mesopotamian world. Babylon is shown in the center (the rectangle in the top half of the circle), and Assyria, Elam and other places are also named. The central area is ringed by a circular waterway labelled 'Salt-Sea'. The outer rim of the sea is surrounded by what were probably originally eight regions, each indicated by a triangle, labelled 'Region' or 'Island', and marked with the distance in between. The cuneiform text describes these regions, and it seems that strange and mythical beasts as well as great heroes lived there, although the text is far from complete. Babylonian, about 700-500 BCE, probably from Sippar, Mesopotamia, Iraq.

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Map of the World from Sippar, Mesopotamia." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 04 Feb 2014. Web. 06 Mar 2021.

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