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p. 614. Assyrians abroadlocked

  • Karen Radner


‘Assyrians abroad’ captures snapshots of Assyrian lives far away from the city of Aššur and Assyrian heartland through a range of primary sources from different periods. Accounts of Assyrian traders at the trading colony of Kaneš, c.1900 bc, are seen through letters excavated in the Assyrian quarter. Diplomatic relations between Assyrian ruler Aššur-uballit I and Pharaoh Akhenaten in c.1340 bc are described through the ‘Amarna Letters’ found among the state correspondence of the pharaohs of the later 18th Dynasty of Egypt. Details of the 1082 bc famine; Aššur-reṣuwa, the Assyrian ambassador for client state Kumme in c.710 bc; and the sibling rivalry between Aššurbanipal, king of Assyria, and Šamaš-šumu-ukin, king of Babylon, are also described.

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