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What is the Library of Ashurbanipal?

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What is the Library of Ashurbanipal?

Ancient Mesopotamian History:

Ashurbanipal was a king of ancient Assyria, an empire that existed within the larger Mesopotamian region. Ashurbanipal was an ardent collector of knowledge. He ruled during the mid 7th century BCE.

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The Library of Ashurbanipal was a massive collection of clay tablets containing much of the knowledge from the ancient Mesopotamian world. It was located in the Assyrian city of Nineveh, capital of their empire. The Royal Library was not publicly accessible, but was rather a personal collection of knowledge strictly used by the king. It was from the Library of Ashurbanipal that the Epic of Gilgamesh was discovered by archaeologists in 1849-1852 CE.


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