Beliefs and Religious Thoughts in Mesopotamia through Royal Obelisks


  • طالب منعم حبيب الشمري, . Prof. Dr جامعة واسط/ كلية التربية
  • عبد الرزاق حسين حاجم, Ass. Prof جامعة القادسية ــــ كلية التربية



  The obelisk is a large stone block with a height ranging from 50 cm to 3 m. It varies in width from one obelisk to another. It is sculptured from one side or two or four sides with prominent picture inscriptions, often accompanied by cuneiform texts for immortalising kings and their military campaigns. This obelisk is constructed in a rectangular or square, and some of them a dome convex or semi-circular or pyramid. The lower section of the obelisks is wide, similar to the base of the base, and another section is sculpted on a slightly sloping end, so that it can easily be attached to the ground or placed on a special base. The rulers and kings of Mesopotamia established and displayed the obelisk in public places in order to be seen by the public.  It also was placed in the yards of temples or public squares and squares and the streets of cities. It used to celebrate their religious, military and historical achievements in order to immortalise their actions. These obelisks are held to commemorate the deeds of kings and their achievements in peace and war as confirmed by the cuneiform texts and the artistic scenes implemented on them.


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منعم حبيب الشمري ط., & حسين حاجم ع. ا. (2018). Beliefs and Religious Thoughts in Mesopotamia through Royal Obelisks. Journal of Education College Wasit University, 1(29), 148- 165.




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