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Provides an advent to the traditional civilizations of Mesopotamia, from the earliest upward push of the Sumerians to the 7th century C.E. Sasanian interval, discussing the historical past, govt, literature, faith, paintings, and structure of every era.
Title: Mesopotamia
Author: Kuiper, Kathleen (EDT)
Publisher: Rosen Pub Group
Publication Date: 2010/08/15
Number of Pages: 214
Binding variety: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2009053644

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The fleet sailed downstream and used to be particularly winning within the lagoons of the Persian Gulf and alongside the southern beach of Elam. The Elamites introduced a counteroffensive through land, occupying Babylonia and placing a guy in their selection at the throne. no longer till 693 have been the Assyrians back capable of struggle their approach via to the north. eventually, in 689, Sennacherib had his revenge. Babylon used to be conquered and fully destroyed, the temples plundered and leveled. The waters of the Arakhtu Canal have been diverted over the ruins, and the internal urban remained virtually absolutely uninhabited for 8 years. Even many Assyrians have been angry at this, believing that the Babylonian god Marduk has to be grievously indignant on the destruction of his temple and the wearing off of his snapshot. Marduk was once additionally an Assyrian deity, to whom many Assyrians became in time of desire. A political-theological propaganda crusade used to be introduced to provide an explanation for to the folks that what had taken position was once in accord with the want of many of the gods. a narrative used to be written within which Marduk, due to a transgression, was once captured and taken ahead of a tribunal. just a a part of the observation to this botched piece of literature is extant. Even the nice poem of the construction of the area, the Enuma elish, used to be altered; the god Marduk used to be changed through the god Ashur. Sennacherib’s boundless energies introduced no achieve to his empire, even though, and doubtless weakened it. The tenacity of this king should be visible in his construction tasks; for instance, while Nineveh wanted water for irrigation, Sennacherib had his engineers divert the waters of a tributary of the nice Zab River. The canal needed to move a valley at Jerwan. An aqueduct used to be built, which include approximately million blocks of limestone, with 5 large, pointed archways over the brook within the valley. The mattress of the canal at the aqueduct used to be sealed with cement containing magnesium. components of this aqueduct are nonetheless status this present day. Sennacherib wrote of those and different technological accomplishments in minute aspect, with illustrations. Sennacherib outfitted a major palace in Nineveh, embellished with reliefs, a few of them depicting the shipping of titanic bull statues through water and via land. the various rooms have been embellished with pictorial narratives in bas-relief telling of conflict and of establishing actions. significant advances will be famous in inventive execution, quite within the portrayal of landscapes and animals. impressive are the depictions of the battles within the lagoons, the existence within the army camps, and the deportations. In 681 BC there has been a uprising. Sennacherib used to be assassinated via one or of his sons within the temple of the god Ninurta at Kalakh. This god, besides the god Marduk, have been badly taken care of via Sennacherib, and the development used to be commonly considered as punishment of divine beginning. ESARHADDON Ignoring the claims of his older brothers, an imperial council appointed Esarhaddon (Ashur-aha-iddina; 680–669) as Sennacherib’s successor. the alternative is the entire tougher to provide an explanation for in that Esarhaddon, not like his father, was once pleasant towards the Babylonians.

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