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Subjection to Assyria (10th–9th centuries)

Trevor Bryce

in The World of The Neo-Hittite Kingdoms

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199218721
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739101 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218721.003.0012
Subjection to Assyria (10th–9th centuries)

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There is much emphasis in this and in the following chapter on the enterprises of Neo-Assyrian kings in regions west of the Euphrates, and the substantial role many of these kings played in the shaping of the history of the Neo-Hittite kingdoms. This undoubtedly reflects the historical realities of the period as Assyrian power spread relentlessly westwards. But it also reflects the fact that most of our written sources for the period are Assyrian, and inevitably contain a strong Assyrian bias in the presentation of events. The historical narrative begins with the western campaign of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (883–859), followed by the more substantial campaigns of his son and successor Shalmaneser III. The chapter ends with the western campaigns of Adad-nirari III (810–783). Throughout this period, we see the involvement of various Neo-Hittite kingdoms in the conflicts fought by the trans-Euphrates peoples and kingdoms against Assyrian aggression, often through military coalitions.

Keywords: Assyrians; Euphrates; Neo-Hittite kingdoms; Ashurnasirpal II; Shalmaneser III; Adad-nirari III; military coalitions

Chapter.  21663 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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