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Landsberger, Benno

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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim
Austrian-German ancient Near Eastern scholar and Assyriologist. Born Friedeck in what was then Austrian Silesia (now Frýdek, Czech Rep.) 21. 4. 1890, died Chicago 26. 4. 1968. 1908–1913 Oriental studies at Leipzig. Doctorate 1915, habil. 1920, 1925 prof. ext. in Assyriology, all Leipzig. 1928/29 prof. ord. at Marburg/Lahn; 1929 prof. ord. at Leipzig. 1935 dismissal on racial grounds. 1935–1948 prof. at Ankara; from 1948 prof. at Oriental Institute, Univ. of Chicago [9]. Scholarly career After his Abitur, L., the son of a factory owner, went to study ancient Near Eastern…

Landsberger, Benno

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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim
Österr.-dt. Altorientalist und Assyriologe. Geb. am 21. 4. 1890 in Friedek im damaligen Österreich-Schlesien (h. Frýdek, Tschechien), gest. am 26. 4. 1968 in Chicago. 1908–1913 Studium der Orientalistik in Leipzig; 1915 Prom., 1920 Habil., 1925 ao.Prof. für Assyriologie ebda.; 1928/29 o.Prof. in Marburg/Lahn; 1929 o.Prof. in Leipzig. 1935 Entlassung aus rassistischen Gründen. 1935–1948 Prof. in Ankara; ab 1948 Prof. am Oriental Institute der Univ. of Chicago [9]. Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang Nach dem Abitur ging L., Sohn eines Fabrikteilhabers, zum Studium de…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim
[English version] (Σαοσδούχινος). Gräzisierte Form des assyrisch-babylonischen Königsnamens Šamaš-šuma-ukīn im sog. ‘Ptolem. Kanon (Klaudios Ptolemaios [65]; vgl. Nabonassar(os); bei Beros(s)os hypokoristisch Samoges; FGrH 680 F 7,34). Obwohl der ältere Sohn Asarhaddons, erhielt S. laut Verfügung des Vaters nur Babylonien als Herrschaftsgebiet, während der jüngere Assurbanipal die Nachfolge in Assyrien antrat. Auch als König von Babylon stand S. unter der Oberhoheit seines Bruders, gegen den er 652 v. Chr. rebellier…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
(Ἀρδέρικκα; Ardérikka). [German version] [1] Village on the Euphrates According to Hdt. 1,185, ‘Assyrian’ κώμη ( kṓmē) on the Euphrates above Babylon, otherwise not mentioned. The river was supposedly artificially redirected to form three rings around the city.…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] (Ὠάννης/ Ōánnēs, probably the short form of Sumerian u4-an-na-a-da-pà). Babylonian mythical creature (half human, half fish; Monsters), who is said to have imparted the foundations of civilisation to mankind. O. is part of the seven antediluvian wise men (Sumerian abgal, Akkadian apkallu). The written tradition in Berosus (FGrH 3C1, 680, F 1) is augmented by references to him in cuneiform, mainly on a tablet from Hellenic Uruk, where he is named as the first of the wise men [1. 44-52]. On account of the spelling u4-ma-a-dnúm, which points to a pronunciation * uwaan( um)…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] Term derived from the city of Charax ( Charax Spasinou), and describing the territory at the confluence of the Euphrates and the Tigris and on the northern margin of the Persian Gulf (Plin. HN 6,136, on  Susiana; Ptol. Geogr. 6,3,3, on  Elymaeis); as a geographical term roughly corresponding to  Mesene (original form in oriental sources: Maišan), although the exact relationship between the two terms is unknown. Once power had passed from the Seleucids to the Parthians (141 BC), the local rulers were able to establish and assert thems…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] Last king of the Neo-Babylonian Chaldaean Dynasty (555-539 BC; Chaldaei), Akkadian Nabû-nāid; Greek Ναβόννεδος ( Nabónnedos) or  Ναβονάδιος ( Nabonádios; also in the Ptolemaic canon; Kings' lists; [5. 98]). In Hdt. 1,74,17; 77,12; 188,4 Labynetus probably refers to N.…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] Based on legendary tradition in the OT (Dan. 5), B. was the son of the Babylonian king  Nebuchadnezzar II. The historical Bel-šar-uṣur, however, was the firstborn son of  Nabonid (556-539 BC), the last ruler of  Babylon, who governed the empire during Nabonid's stay in Arabia ( Teima oasis; 553-543 BC). Despite this division of power, certain royal functions were reserved to Nabonid (the title of king and the recording of ruling years; the right to hold  New Year's celebrations in…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] (Μεσήνη, Hebr. Mēšān, Syr. Maišān, Mid. Pers. Mēšūn, Arab. Maysān). A designation for southernmost Mesopotamia, attested since Hyspaosines and used into Islamic times (corresponding approximately to the ‘Sealand’ of the older period, that is, the 2nd and 1st millenium BC). It is also used to form an ethnic term for the inhabitants of the region. The preci…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
(Akkadian Nabû-kudurri-uṣur). [German version] [1] King of the Second Dynasty of Isin Most eminent king (1124-1103 BC) of the so-called Second Dynasty of Isin, who is still present in the later tradition. In addition to military successes (campaigns to Elam and against Assyria) there are religious and literary activities. It is probably in the context of the retrieval of the statue of Marduk from Elam that Marduk was placed at the head of the Babylonian pantheon. It is also about this time that the Babylonian creation poem Enūma Eliš originated. Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig) Bibliography J.…

Charax Spasin(o)u

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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Commerce | Hellenistic states | India, trade with Important mercantile centre in southernmost Mesopotamia, and capital of  Characene; now convincingly located near Ǧabal Ḫayabir, between Qurna and Forat [1]. Charax Spasinou (CS) is regarded as…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] Fortified Sassanid city on the Euphrates. The name means …


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] First king (625-605 BC) of the neo-Babylonian (Chaldaean) dynasty (Chaldaei), Akkadian Nabû-apla-uṣur, graecised as Ναβουπολάσσαρος ( Naboupolássaros). N., according to Berossus, formerly an Assyrian general (according to a cuneiform tablet there was also a king of the Sealand of the same name [2. 46 no. 107]), managed to exploit a power vacuum…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] In its lexical meaning, the term B., as used by Greek and Latin writers, (also expanded by γῆ, , μοῖρα, moîra or rather χώρα, chṓra) refers to the territory of the city of  Babylon (its wider surroundings); however, its use in that sense is frequently not unambiguous. In derivation, the term is nowadays generally taken to refer to the entire southern part of Mesopotamia, between…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] (Ἀμπη; Ámpē). According to Hdt. 6,20, a settlement ( polis) on the Lower Tigris in which Darius I is supposed to have settled captured Milesians in 494 BC. Regarded since the 19th cent. as a mistaken transcription of Agine/Aginis (equated with the Babylonian Dūr-Jakīn, which can be located near the lower reaches of the Euphrates using Assyrian inscriptions [1]). Aginis is identified with Aple (Plin. HN 6,134), whilst the


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
Name of two Babylonian kings. [German version] [1] M. I. Kassite king Antepenultimate king of the dynasty of the Kassites (1171-1159 BC; Cossaei). Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig) [German version] [2] M. II. King of the Chaldaeans (721-710 BC and 703) from the Chaldaean tribe ( C…


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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] (Σαοσδούχινος/ Saosdoúchinos). Hellenized form of the Assyro-Babylonian royal name Šamaš-šuma-ukīn in the so-called 'Ptolemaic Canon' (Claudius Ptolemaeus [65]; cf. Nabonassar; in Beros(s)us, hypocoristically Samoges; FGrH 680 F 7,34). Though the elder son of Asarhaddon, by his father's decree S. received only Ba…

Salmanassar III

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Author(s): Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig)
[German version] (Assyrian Šulmānu-ašarēd). Assyrian king (858-824 BC), resided in Kalḫu like his father Assurnaṣirpal (883-859 BC), the actual founder of the Neo-Assyrian empire. His inscriptions report countless military campaigns and battles against the surrounding regions, esp. Syria, which was ultimately subjugated (853 BC: battle of Qa…


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