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Each culture in the Mesopotamia was built on the one before it and while each was a distinct political and cultural entity their are also many similarities in style and subject matter of the artistic objects across many years spanning this time period. The Mesopotamia used religion for ruling. The rulers sad they had a connection with God, giving them a right to rule. Hammurabi’s code being a great example of this because he held himself to the status of a god. Making him look powerful and showing strength. Later on they showed this through artifact.