The Royal Ontario Museum Presents MESOPOTAMIA: INVENTING OUR WORLD, Thru 1/5

(Toronto, Ontario, December 3, 2013) - The critically acclaimed Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World, presented
by RSA Insurance, closes at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on Sunday, January 5, 2014.

Many aspects of the world in which we live originated in Mesopotamia more than 3,000 years ago. Home to the world's first great cities, "the [land] between the Rivers" was the birthplace of writing, codified laws, urban planning, long-distance trade, empire-building, and beer, among numerous other enduring innovations. In

collaboration with the British Museum, ROM Ancient Cultures explores this legacy of Mesopotamia through a remarkable selection of artifacts-most never before seen in Canada.

With approximately 170 artifacts drawn from the collections of the British Museum in addition to those of the ROM, the University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, Mesopotamia presents the rare opportunity to see these priceless objects in one location. In addition to the stunning artifacts, exhibition highlights include a unique fly-through 3-D re-creation of the mysterious city of Babylon.

Throughout the exhibition's engagement, inspired events have offered opportunities for the entire family to delve deeper into the ancient culture - from Archaeology Days to scholarly lectures. This insightful programming continues as the exhibition draws to a close. On December 4, en franc?ais, University of Toronto professor Paul-Alain Beaulieu speaks on Regard de l'historien sur la chute de Babylone en 539 av. notre e?re. On December 10, Syria Today: Humanitarian Crisis and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage presents Dr. Clemens Reichel, University of Toronto professor and ROM curator, and Stephen Cornish, Canadian Executive Director of Me?decins Sans Frontie?res/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), as they address the ongoing human and cultural tragedy in Syria. This special evening is FREE with pre- registration absolutely required. On December 12, Dr. Richard Zettler, of the University of Pennsylvania, addresses Old Excavations and New Tricks: Rediscovering the Royal Cemetery of Ur.

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