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I agree that the rulers serving as an intermediary to the Gods is a repetitive theme in all this artwork that serves to legitimize the authority of ancient Mesopotamian rulership. I wonder if similar tactics aren’t used today. What are our rulers intermediaries of? We think of them as carrying the collective will of the people., but is that a good thing or would it be better to think of our leadership as just people trying to do their best governing? Maybe this is an off-topic tangent :p but its what your post made me think of!