In light of the successful exhibition about Nineveh, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden is organizing the conference Creating and Recreating Nineveh. Nineveh was once the largest city of the world and a source of inspiration for classical writers, artists and scientists. The aim of the conference is to explore the processes that lead to Nineveh’s position in the past and to discuss divergences and convergences between historical facts and (modern) reconstructions.
Creation and recreation
The morning session is looking towards the creation of ancient Nineveh and its material culture. What made this city a symbol of beauty and power in the seventh century BC? In the afternoon, the conference will focus on why and how Nineveh was, and still is, recreated. Are reconstructions helping us to understand ancient societies, or are they blurring historical reality? Papers will cover the visualization of the city through time including digital reconstructions, renovation work and virtual reality.
This conference is organized by the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in cooperation with the ERC project Persia and Babylonia at Leiden University.