Chronology and History in the Late Assyrian Empire (631–619 B.C.)

Nadav Na'aman*

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The documentary evidence published so far forme a sound basis for the study of the chronology of the late Assyrian empire. The chronological data of the Harran inscription must be eliminated from the discussion. The dates suggested for the Assyrian kings: Ašb. 669-631; Aei. 631-627; Sši. 627-612; Sšl 626. This chronological framework enables us to present a detailed sequence of the events which led to the final withdrawal of Assyria from Babylonia in 620 B.C. Year 623 was crucial for the Assyrian-Babylonian struggle. The major successful campaign launched by Sši. to Babylonia was abruptly halted due to a rebellion in the west and a campaign to Assyria conducted by the rebellious commander. Although Sši. was able to put down the rebellion, it has serious efiect on the Assyrian position in both Babylonia and Ebir-nari.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-267
Number of pages25
JournalZeitschrift fur Assyriologie und Vorderasiastische Archaeologie
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1991


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