Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lost Iraq

The ancient world of civilization is disappearing every day and the most destructive and prevalent force is mankind. Nature and time have their place but it’s the war and spite of man that takes more art and culture than any other force.

Iraq’s importance to future generations is now is shabby remains, covered with sand. What was once a temple is now reduced to a hallow cavern. Statues and carvings have been smashed by conquers of Iraq who wanted their power to succeed. Every invader to the land left a mark by the destruction of culture. The people’s pride and history would be burnt and pillaged for centuries. Theft in times of war and left even less history behind as precious artifacts were stolen and sold in privet auctions.

The theft of artifacts is an unfortunate happening of mans greediness. Since many pieces of history have been stolen from museums it’s unlikely they will return to the public. Privet “collectors” will cling to their treasures knowing how irreplaceable they are. The tragedy lies with the people who can only pass the knowledge of civilization past through books and stories. They will not be able to show their children what their home once looked like.

Overall I feel sorry for the people who lost and already lost family. The ancestors of any culture are honored and remembered. Lacking the efforts they left behind is a gash in any culture. To add salt to the wound, Iraq lost most of their history through war. The video had a profound effect on me because most art history videos have lots of art, this was very dry (forgive the pun). Most of the beautiful art they once knew is gone and what is left was damaged, missing, and buried. It was depressing but there isn’t an answer for what happened. I was interested in more history on the original civilizations; it’s always good to know more about where you come from

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