Mesopotamia’s rulers used the idea that they were connected to divinity to legitimize their rule, and it seems like they furthered this idea with tall structures like the Ziggurats that reached to the gods and were easily seen by all. I think the rulers also wanted such pronounced structures so that the people were always reminded of their rulers presence. In pieces like the Stele of Naram-sim, Naram-sim is depicted larger than life, which further represents his relationship to the gods and implies his godliness. In general, the rulers of Mesopotamia used art and architecture to further solidify their right to rule by showing their connection to the gods.
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