Creating and Recreating Nineveh

Exhibition 'Nineveh'Exhibition 'Nineveh'
Reconstructions of 'lamassus' in the exhibitionReconstructions of 'lamassus' in the exhibition

Past conference information

This scientific conference about Nineveh attracted around 80 people and was recognized as an inspiring day with excellent papers and stimulating scholarly discussions. If you have questions about the presentations or would like to get in touch with one of the speakers, please send an e-mail to stuur een e-mail.

In light of the successful exhibition about Nineveh, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden is organizing the conference Creating and Recreating Nineveh. Nineveh was once the largest city of the world and a source of inspiration for classical writers, artists and scientists. The aim of the conference is to explore the processes that lead to Nineveh's position in the past and to discuss divergences and convergences between historical facts and (modern) reconstructions. 

  • date: Monday 22 January 2018
  • time: starting 09.30 hours (doors open at 09.00)
  • location: Temple Hall, National Museum of Antiquities (address and route)
  • language: English
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  • entrance fee: € 12,50 (students have free entrance on presentation of a valid student card)

Each speaker’s paper is limited to twenty minutes, with an additional five minutes for discussion. 

Creation and recreation

The morning session is looking towards the creation of ancient Nineveh and its material culture. What made this city a symbol of beauty and power in the seventh century BC? In the afternoon, the conference will focus on why and how Nineveh was, and still is, recreated. Are reconstructions helping us to understand ancient societies, or are they blurring historical reality? Papers will cover the visualization of the city through time including digital reconstructions, renovation work and virtual reality.

This conference is organized by the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in cooperation with the ERC project Persia and Babylonia at Leiden University. We thank students from the Faculty of Archaeology and LIAS for their help.


Among the speakers will be Dr. David Kertai, a Dutch specialist on Assyrian palaces, and the American scholar Dr. Donald Sanders, who is a pioneer in the discipline of virtual heritage. He applies non-traditional methods, like virtual reality, to the study and visualization of the past. The programme can be found below.


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