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THE ASSYRIANS WERE A WARLIKE PEOPLE

Said at the Met during a tour.
This is the only phrase I've heard consistently about Assyrians. Always in the past-tense. "I'm Assyrian and I don't consider myself particularly war-like" my aunt answered. Let us celebrate Assyrians in a way that shows a more complete picture of a great civilization -- not just war. A dangerous continued association of the Middle East and innate violence.

Acrylic on canvas
136x47 in.
2018