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These animations were made as part of the international research project GALATEO: Good Attitudes for Life in Assyrian Times: Etiquette and Observance of Norms in Male and Female Groups.

Dr Ludovico Portuese, with Prof. Annunziata Rositani, Prof. Holly Pitman, and postgraduate student David Mulder, analysed the iconography of the Penn Museum Mesopotamian collection to research manners and etiquette in late Assyrian culture, and how those practices influenced later eras. Their research informed the Manners and Etiquette in Mesopotamian Life exhibition at the Penn Museum, in which these animations appeared.

GALATEO was carried out at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, United States of America) as partner institution, and the Università degli Studi di Messina (Sicily, Italy) as the main beneficiary. The GALATEO project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101027543.

Assyrians at a banquet

The Banquet

Man pouring a libation, woman praising and a seated god

Worshipping the Gods