Plaque made of gold with horned lion-griffins from the Achaemenid era (6th - 4th century BCE). The city of Babylon became the capital of the Achaemenid Empire when Cyrus the Great proclaimed himself king of Babylon around 540 BCE. Babylon remained the central office of the Achaemenid Empire until the end of Greco-Persian Wars that made Alexander the Great the new ruler of Babylon. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY.
Photo by Babylon Chronicle