In the eighteenth century, travellers seeking adventure and the unknown began to explore the region around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

Many people were interested in visiting the area because they had read about it in the Bible, or in the accounts of Greek and Roman writers.

However, they could not yet read what the ancient Mesopotamians had written because the cuneiform script had not been deciphered.

Cuneiform script
Cuneiform script

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