Markets and Temples

After a period of radio silence here, we’re back. We re-opened the website a couple of weeks ago, although we did it quietly to avoid being swamped by orders (which sort of worked).

We’ve also been working on some new releases, as we’ve been a bit sluggish on that front for a while. We have a number lined up across several ranges for the coming weeks, starting today with a pair of 2mm ancient structures.

The first is another addition to our range of Roman architecture – it’s a enclosed forum (marketplace) with a small basilica at one end and galleried walls around the outside. Most decent sized towns would have at least one.

The second release is much, much older at well over 4000 years. The Ziggurat of Ur is a large, iconic temple built by the Sumerian King Ur-Nammu in the 21st century BC near Nasariyah in present-day Iraq. The structure is over 60m wide and 30m high, built in the form of a stepped pyramid. Over the years the temple deteriorated and 1500 years later it was restored by King Nabonidus, the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. Once again time took its toll, and the Ziggurat was little more than a solid mass of mud bricks. In the latter part of the 20th century the lower facade and main staircase were restored by Saddam Hussein, although the upper levels remain a pile of rubble.

Our version is obviously slightly conjectural, since no-one knows exactly what the upper levels looked like originally (even King Nabonidus’ rebuild was apparently rather different from the original form). But we’ve gone with a reconstruction that hopefully isn’t too far from what King Ur-Nammu saw all those centuries ago.

SSS-8193 – Roman Forum – £3.50
SSS-8194 – Ziggurat of Ur – £3.50

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