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The city on the Euphrates (modern Jerablus) was an important kingdom and commercial center during the time of Ebla (24th cent. bce) and Mari (18th cent. bce). From the 16th/14th centuries, Carchemish belonged to the Mitanni; c. 1350, Šuppiluliuma conquered the city. The local Hittite dynasty, then founded by Piyaššili, was entrusted with Syrian affairs, and Carchemish almost became independent (Ini-Tešub, c. 1240–1220) gaining the title “Great Kingdom,” dominating the Euphrates Valley from Samsat to Meskene and controlling Syria as far as the Mediterranean (Ugari…

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Liverani, Mario, “Carchemish”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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