If you ever angst about how short life is, then don’t go to the Pergamon Museum. Its exhibits, dating back 5000 years, will make you realise what a small inconsequential blip your life occupies in the continuum of time.
Pergamon Museum is the home of the Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate for the processional way to Babylon. Currently there is an exhibition of Uruk, a 5000 year old city in southern Iraq. This exhibition has artefacts demonstrating an extremely sophisticated city with advanced administration and the first writing systems not only for pragmatic, but also literary reasons.
The Uruk exhibition celebrates 100 years since the German Archeological expedition there. Apparently the Kaiser was a fan of archeology, which explains the abundance of ancient booty unearthed and brought to Berlin in the early 1900s. Whether these foreign treasures should eventually be repatriated is a discussion for another day.
Regardless, the Pergamon Museum, with the Nefertiti exhibition next door in the Neues Museum, and three other fascinating museums in the Museum Insel precinct, comprise the most interesting collection of museums I have ever seen in any major city.