Babylon: From riches to ruins

With a major Babylon exhibition showing at the British Museum, Rob Attar describes the city's rise and fall

Made of basalt, this inscribed stone dates to the sixth century BC. The figure is Nabonidus who was the last king of Babylon before the Persian invasion under Cyrus II. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)

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