For nearly 2,000 years its existence was questioned and often dismissed as legend. Then in 1843 French archeologist Paul-Emile Botta discovered the ruins of the ancient civilization that was a dominating world power for roughly one thousand years – Assyria.

One of the outstanding features of the Assyrian palaces were their wall reliefs. The relief above was found by archeologist Austen Layard in the 70 room palace at Nineveh. It depicts the Assyrian conquest of Lachish.

Some modern graphic designers have taken a page from Assyrian design, like this rug design from Society6: