Cambridge Ancient History: The Assyrian and Babylonian by John Boardman, I. E. S. Edwards, E. Sollberger, N. G. L.

By John Boardman, I. E. S. Edwards, E. Sollberger, N. G. L. Hammond

In this interval the dominant powers within the East have been Assyria after which Babylonia. each one validated an intensive empire that was once in keeping with Mesopotamia, and every in flip fell mostly via inner strife.

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200. A 204 it, pi. xi; cf. , pis. X X X H - X X X I I I . A 25, 7 1 ; A 204 11, pi. xi. Cf. A 7 5 9 , 203 n. 2 1 . Discussion: A 5 5 1 , 4 2 n. 203. 1 7 4 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 INITIAL ASSYRIAN I N V O L V E M E N T IN BABYLONIA 25 and t o o k the t h r o n e as N a b u - s h u m a - u k i n II. T h e n e w k i n g ruled for just o v e r a m o n t h before b e i n g displaced b y a Chaldaean, M u k i n - z e r i ( 7 3 1 729), chief o f the tribe o f B i t - A m u k a n i .

A j ; 1, 43 n. 2 1 1 . 1 7 7 1 7 9 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 26 21. B A B Y L O N I A IN T H E S H A D O W O F A S S Y R I A a r o u n d B a b y l o n i a . A t first T i g l a t h - p i l e s e r i n v a d e d o n l y t o pacify A r a m a e a n a n d C h a l d a e a n tribesmen; and, t h o u g h c l a i m i n g n o m i n a l s u z e r a i n t y , he left the B a b y l o n i a n k i n g undisturbed. Later, w h e n c o n f r o n t e d b y t h e prospect o f a C h a l d a e a n o n the B a b y l o n i a n throne, he c a m p a i g n e d m o r e extensively and eventually assumed personal c o n t r o l o f t h e B a b y l o n i a n m o n a r c h y .

1 7 6 . 1 5 1 Cf. A 5 5 1 , 36 n. 1 7 8 . 1 5 3 A 5 5 1 , 36 nn. I 8 0 - 3 . 1 5 > 0 32 Cf. A 5 5 1 , 3J n. 1 7 7 . A6oi,43. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 21. 22 BABYLONIA IN THE SHADOW OF A S S Y R I A N a b o p o l a s s a r , w h i c h in the t w o d e c a d e s after 625 B . C . p u t an end to the A s s y r i a n e m p i r e and then p u s h e d w e s t to w i n C a r c h e m i s h and Syria, w e r e n o t w i t h o u t their B a b y l o n i a n forerunners, despite the relative silence o f the texts.

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