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The Dragon of the God Marduk.

Nebuchadnezzar II (who reigned c.604-562 BC), the king of Babylon, started a series of ambitious building projects including the richly decorated Ishtar Gate (575 BC). A long processional avenue linked the sacred gate to the temple of the city god Marduk and his famous temple tower, known from the Bible as the Tower of Babel. The façades of the Ishtar Gate were decorated with reliefs on glazed bricks, representing dragons (Akkadian: mušḫuššu ; from Sumerian: MUŠ.ḪUS, lit. “reddish snake” sometimes also translated as “fierce snake” ), Marduk’s emblem, and bulls (aurochs) symbolizing the weather god Adad. The processional route away from the city was decorated with lions, the animals of Ishtar, goddess of love and war. They were to guard against advancing enemies, as is indicated by the name of the gateway: “Ishtar conquers its enemy”.

This dragon is preserved at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen (DK). Cm 115 x 164

Unbroken and 10 More Great Movies About World War II

Based on the best-selling non-fiction book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand, Angelina Jolie’s acclaimed film “Unbroken” joins a long tradition of cinema’s interest in the intricate details of World War II.

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Queen Elizabeth II with some of the icons of the 20th century:

  • Bill Gates- Co-Founder of Microsoft and Philanthropist   
  • Sir Charles Chaplin- Pioneer of Silent Cinema 
  • Nelson Mandela- Anti-Apartheid revolutionary and President of South Africa
  • Sir Winston Churchill- Prime Minister of the UK during World War II 
  • Sir Edmund Hillary- One of the first two climbers to scale Mount Everest 
  • Marilyn Monroe- Actress and pop culture icon  
  • Mother Teresa- Roman Catholic nun and Nobel Peace Prize recipient 
  • Jacqueline Kennedy- First Lady of the United States 
  • Pope John Paul II- Leader of the Catholic church and Saint. 

When I played Baldur’s Gate II, I accidentally broke into a mansion and turned a cook hostile, who then ran away. Then from time to time, they would just randomly appear wherever I went. Except they began to multiply wildly out of control.

Even to the Underdark

Even into this pocket dimension

Into pretty much every dungeon

And this was my final encounter with them before I went and finished the game.

They basically dogged me through the entire game.

ISHTAR GATE, Babylon, Iraq

Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon was a mud-brick city, but dazzling blue-glazed bricks faced the most important monuments, such as the Ishtar Gate, really a pair of gates, one of which has been restored. The gate consists of a large arcuated (arch-shaped) opening flanked by towers, and features glazed bricks with reliefs of animals, real and imaginary. The Babylonian builders molded and glazed each brick separately, then set them in proper sequence on the wall. On the Ishtar Gate, profile figures of Marduk and Nabu’s dragon and Adad’s bull alternate. Lining the processional way leading up to the gate were reliefs of Ishtar’s sacred lion, glazed in yellow, brown, and red against a blue ground.


When asked about her past, Mazzy proudly states that she has spent numerous years adventuring around Amn with her other halfling comrades, basing out of her home town of Trademeet. The thought of Patrick and her other companions and their fates brings a shadow across her face, however. Mazzy is a dedicated servant of Arvoreen, the halfling god of war, and she resents the common perception by the bigger races that the stout folk cannot defend themselves or act with valor. If she could, Mazzy would be a paladin and battle against evil in Faerun with the full power of her god to aid her.