I am pleased to announce the commencement of a Virtual Reality that will add a queen character to the long-established virtual model of Nimrud’s Northwest Palace1.
The Virtual Northwest Palace was established in the late 1990s, and has been expanded and developed since. It has been featured in classrooms, museums, and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. For a peak, check out this fly-through video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VCldg1TdHc
Missing from the virtual palace, in its present state, however, are any female characters. It is time to update our perceptions of history! Scholarship on Neo-Assyrian queens debunks old-fashioned visions of harems and establishes that royal women engaged in economic, diplomatic, and ritual activities. Within the palace, queens had their own scribes, managed their own households, and were vital counterparts to the king’s identity and authority. Continue reading A Virtual Reality Project: Introducing a Queen to Nimrud’s Northwest Palace