Discovering Art

Edited By John Chancellor


The religion of the Sumerians was a dominating factor in their lives; it affected everything they did and was the chief inspiration for their art.

Their architecture survives mainly in the form of temples to the gods, and many of their statues show people in prayer and other religious themes.

In addition to their skill as sculptors, the Sumerians were masters of the decorative arts. The vases, bowls, daggers and other marvellous discoveries in the Royal Cemetery at Ur are proof of this.

Such was the strength of Sumerian culture that all the neighbouring Semitic races came to accept and assimilate it. Even the Akkadian conquest of about 2370 BC served only to enhance the Sumerian civilisation by introducing into it an invigorating Semitic influence.

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