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They say I was a debaucher who led the world to ruin. A goddess. A wife, twice over. A harlot. But they were not there. I was and I remember it truly. I was there and I say this much is so. I was a queen. - from SEMIRAMIS: Queen of the Night www.JACoffey.com

The first known mermaid stories appeared in Assyria c. 1000 BC. The goddess Atargatis, mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, loved a mortal (a shepherd) and unintentionally killed him. Ashamed, she jumped into a lake and took the form of a fish, but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty.

A statue from the Kingdom of Nimrud(ninth century B.C.), displayed at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years after it was looted and smashed during the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the museum is still far from ready for a public re-opening.

Devotional Statue Dating back to 2600 B.C.E. of what scholars believe is a married couple. The gypsum statue was found buried beneath the floor of a shrine at Nippur in Iraq and measures 3 1/2 inches wide at the bottom. The couple originally had feet, and the figures have eyes made of shell and lapis lazuli set in bitumen, a natural cemenlike substance.

Mia May German Silent Film - Die Herrin Der Welt (The mistress of the world) 1919 She is sitting on a throne with the symbol for Shamash (a native Mesopotamian deity and the Sun god in the Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, and Canaanite pantheons)

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