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The wheel, the seven-day week, mathematics, writing, agriculture. Inventions from ancient Mesopotamia are very present in our daily lives. For millennia, the region was a veritable innovation machine. Then what happened?
The Middle East has an illustrious past – why are we hearing so much bad news from there now? | University of Helsinki helsinki.fi

The Mesopotamian tradition lives on, in both good and bad. Professor Martti Nissinen sees links even between the Assyrians and ISIS propaganda: “They’re chopping off heads in stone reliefs or videos.”