By Andrè Parrot
Battaglioni di soldati in parata, leoni trafitti da frecce, portali protetti da giganteschi tori androcefali: il mestiere delle armi presso gli Assiri è apertamente proclamato in tutte le espressioni artistiche.
In origine popolo di pastori e agricoltori stanziati in una zona montagnosa dell'Alta Mesopotamia, according to difendersi dalle incursioni esterne gli Assiri svilupparono un uniqueness carattere militare e iniziarono una politica di espansione fino a diventare i dominatori della Mesopotamia e del Vicino Oriente e a sottomettere l'Egitto. Il loro ultimo re, Assurbanipal, mecenate e protettore degli artisti, fece di Ninive una città bellissima e leggendaria, dotata di una immensa biblioteca.
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The occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank are now effectively parcelled up into numerous smaller areas under strict Israeli Rogers 01 intro 20/10/03 9:19 Page 43 WAR IN AFGHANISTAN – II 43 military control. Per capita GNP for the Palestinians has plummeted in recent years and is now about one-tenth of that of the Israelis; there is mass unemployment and even reports of malnutrition. Arafat’s position is increasingly weakened, both by the Israelis and by the further radicalisation of Palestinian opinion in the face of what, from their perception, is seen as continued Israeli repression backed by the United States.
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