Ancient Mesopotamia and Modern Iraq in the British Press, 1980–20031

  title={Ancient Mesopotamia and Modern Iraq in the British Press, 1980–20031},
  author={Michael Seymour},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={351 - 368}
This paper addresses the relationship between the representation in British newspapers of Iraqs present and that of its ancient past. Using a database of articles drawn from 23 years of coverage, it aims to demonstrate a strong and highly politicized tendency to link the ancient past to the present through metaphor and allegory. This connection is discussed in terms of its implications for the popular representation of ancient Mesopotamia and for coverage of contemporary politics in three… 
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