A Letter From The Reign Of Assurbanipal (4.44)
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Commentary

In 652 bce, Šamaš-šumu-ukin, king of Babylon (667–648 bce), instigated a revolt against his brother, the Assyrian king Assurbanipal (668–631bce). For the following four years, the two brothers and their respective allies fought each other in a bloody war that ended, after the Assyrians had besieged Babylon for many months, with the defeat and death of Šamaš-šumu-ukin and the destruction of large parts of Babylon (see Frame 1992:131–190).

The letter translated in the following is from the beginning of the revolt; it was dispatched, according to a note i…

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, , “A Letter From The Reign Of Assurbanipal (4.44)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 18 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-436X_cos_aCOSB_4_44>
First published online: 2017



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