The Kings: From Babylon to Baghdad (2004)

History Channel

The Striding Lion of Babylon. Made of molded brick with polychrome glaze and appeared along the side of the 'Processional Way' in ancient Babylon in 604-562 B.C. The 'Processional Way' led out of the city through the massive Ishtar Gate, the lion was the symbol of the goddess Ishtar. There were some 120 lions such as this one decorated along the walls. Panel: striding lion, 604â
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The Kings: From Babylon to Baghdad (2004)

Spanning millennia, from Ancient Mesopotamia to modern-day Iraq, this feature-length special definitively surveys the rulers - both those beloved and those reviled - of this fascinating region.

* In-depth examinations of Iraq's leaders from Sargon the Great to Saddam Hussein.

* Dramatic, historically precise reenactments bring history's great kings to life.

* A feature-length special from the producers of Russia: Land of the Tsars and Barbarians.

The region now known as Iraq has always been, in many ways, world history's ground zero. From this rich territory sprang the earliest cities and empires, earliest armies, and earliest tyrants.

THE KINGS: FROM BABYLON TO BAGHDAD tells the story of Iraq through the history of its rulers, from Sargon the Great to Saddam Hussein. Maintaining THE HISTORY CHANNEL® standard for comprehensiveness and entertainment, this feature-length documentary explores the connections and relevance between ancient and modern Iraq and between Iraq and the rest of the planet.

Using dialogue drawn directly from primary sources - original texts of ancient records - THE KINGS depicts events in dramatic, living reenactments. Lush cinematography filmed on location frames the dramatizations and contemporary reportage. And interviews with the world's leading experts on the historical and current relevance of Iraq complete this authoritative portrait of the men who brought this fabled land glory and despair.

Today, as it has been many times in the past, understanding Iraq is central to the world's well-being. THE KINGS: FROM BABYLON TO BAGHDAD offers a thorough, thought-provoking view into the politics, personalities, government, geography, culture and religion of this all-important region.


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