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were a tribal group that appeared in the waning Late Bronze Age and spread out from northern Syria and northern Mesopotamia. Tenaciously embattled by Tiglath-pileser I, Arameans attained power in the cities of Syria in the 10th and 9th centuries and formed tribal states. They were the first victims of the Neo-Assyrian expansion and deportation policies; thus, an Aramaic common language developed in the Assyrian Empire up through the 7th century bce which also became the language of international commerce (Semitic languages). With the conquest of Damascus in 732 bce, t…

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Knauf, Ernst A., “Arameans”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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