Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World

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Subject: Classical Studies

Edited by: Anne Wittke, Eckhart Olshausen and Richard Szydlak
This new atlas of the ancient world illustrates the political, economic, social and cultural developments in the ancient Near East, the Mediterranean world, the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic world and the Holy Roman Empire from the 3rd millennium BC until the 15th century AD.

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Urarṭu and eastern Anatolia c. 700 BC

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Author(s): Röllig, W.
The map presents the political situation in eastern Anatolia and western Iran a few decades before the fall of the Assyrian Empire (614/12 BC). It centres on the kingdom of Urarṭu, even though – in terms of world history – Urarṭu only played a minor role as an opponent of Assyria. I. Geopolitical situation Urarṭu was flanked anked by Qulḫā/Colchis in the north, an area only sparingly mentioned in ancient sources, and by the territory of the Mannāya/Mannaeans in the southeast, a tribal association of Indo-Aryan descent only known from Assyrian sources. The rugged mountains of the Taurus and Tu…