May the Arrogant Not Prevail
Haus der Kulturen die Welt, Berlin, 2010

The Ishtar Gate was built in c. 575 B.C. by Nebuchadnezzar as a central feature of ancient Babylon. Through this magnificent blue tile arch ran the Processional Way, along which the New Year celebration would pass, bringing statues of the gods to and from the Akitu Temple. The avenue was called Aj ibur shapu, which means “the invisible enemy should not exist.” Alternately, it has also been translated as, “may the arrogant not prevail.”