Ancient Near East

Neo-sumerian / Ur III

The Akkadian Empire collapsed after two centuries of rule and the Third Dynasty of Ur (Ur III) arose soon after. This period is also referred to as "Neo-Sumerian" since it was a ruled by a Sumerian dynasty (from southern Mesopotamia), and comes after the earlier Sumerian period.

c. 2112 – 2004 B.C.E.

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Seated Gudea holding temple plan
Seated Gudea holding temple plan

Shown with an architectural plan in his lap, this prince constructed temples to the gods and likenesses of himself.

Ziggurat of Ur
Ziggurat of Ur

The great Ziggurat of Ur has been reconstructed twice, in antiquity and in the 1980s—what’s left of the original?

Selected Contributors | Neo-sumerian / Ur III