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The Glory of Rome: From Republic to Empire, c. 200 BCE - 150 CE
Rony J Koonthanam
2 years ago
1. The majestic vaulted hall of Taq Kasra, which served as the palace of the Sasanian king Khosrow I, in the late 6th century, sometimes referred to as the Archway of Ctesiphon. The ancient city of Ctesiphon, on the banks of Tigris, is located about 35 km southeast of modern Baghdad, Iraq. Established in the late 120s BC, it was one of the great cities of late ancient Mesopotamia and the largest city in the world from 570 AD, until its fall in 637 AD, during the Muslim conquest. 2. Stone sculpture of a Gandharan Bodhisattva, 2nd – 3rd century CE, now in San Diego Museum of Art. Gandhara School of Art. 3. An 18th century painting showing Emperor Qin Shi Huang of the Qin dynasty ‘burning all the books and throwing scholars into a ravine’ in order to stamp out ideological nonconformity after the unification of China in 221 BCE