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Nineveh lies on the east bank of the Tigris at the mouth of the Ḫoṣr, opposite and partly within modern Mosul, Iraq. Archaeological exploration of the extensive city area (4.2 km × 1.2 km) began in 1820. The site includes two tells: Nebi Yunus to the south (15 ha) and Kuyunjick (45 ha to the north). The latter contains finds dating from prehistoric times to the Islamic period, of which the Neo-Assyrian finds are the most famous: the temple É.MAŠ.MAŠ (and the ziggurat) of Ishtar, the tutelary city goddess of Nineveh, which various rulers had expanded since Manish…

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Berlejung, Angelika, “Nineveh”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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