The land between rivers, where the SUmerians lived ("cradle of civilization")
Tall stepped platforms which rose up to the heavens (for deity worship); examples include the Tower of Babylon
Standard of Ur
A foursided rectangular box with 18-inch wide side panels depicting figures from all classes of Sumerican society. It is the first work of art to tell a narrative story and divide panels into registers. It also uses hierarchical scale.
Victory Stele of Naram-Sin
A stele commemorating Naram-Sin's military victories. Naram Sin wears a horned helmet symbolizing divinity, and the work uses hierarchical scale.
Horizontal bands which divide panels to organize a story (used, for example, in the Standard of Ur)
A technique which uses size to indicate a ruler's high status. (Most important figure is largest)
An 8 foot stele containing more than 3500 lines of cuneiform characters which held the world's first code of law.