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Rulers of Babylonia - RIMB 2

Rulers of Babylonia - RIMB 2

Copyright Date: 1995
Pages: 496
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    Rulers of Babylonia - RIMB 2
    Book Description:

    This volume contains a short introduction for each ruler. Every inscription is accompanied by an introductory statement, a catalogue of exemplars, a brief commentary, a bibliography, a transliteration and translation, and notes.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-5705-2
    Subjects: History, Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Editorial Notes
    (pp. xi-xii)
    R.F.G. Sweet
  5. Bibliographical Abbreviations
    (pp. xiii-xxii)
  6. Other Abbreviations
    (pp. xxiii-xxiv)
  7. Object Signatures
    (pp. xxv-2)
  8. Introduction
    (pp. 3-4)

    The Babylonian royal inscriptions edited in this volume come from the period from the fall of the Kassite dynasty in the middle of the twelfth century to the collapse of Assyrian power towards the close of the seventh century BC. In 626 the Babylonian Nabopolassar ascended the throne of Babylon and began the process which led to the final ejection of the Assyrians from Babylonia and the firm foundation of the Neo-Babylonian dynasty. The inscriptions of Nabopolassar and his successors (B.7) will be presented in the next two volumes of this series (RIMB 3–4). During the approximate five centuries...

    (pp. 5-69)

    The manner in which the Kassite dynasty was succeeded by the Second Dynasty of Isin is not clear since almost nothing is known of the reign of the first ruler of the new dynasy, Marduk-kabit-aḫḫēšu, beyond his name, the length of his reign, and the fact that he was succeeded by his son, Itti-Marduk-balātu. According to King List A, the Second Dynasty of Isin (BALA PA.ŠE) comprised eleven kings who reigned for a total of one hundred and thirty-two years and six months (1157-1026 BC). From the name of the dynasty, it is generally assumed that the initial capital of...

    (pp. 70-77)

    According to Babylonian King List A, the Second Dynasty of the Sealand comprised three kings who reigned for a total of twenty-one years and five months (1025-1005 BC); the Dynastic Chronicle, however, gives them a total of twenty-three years. Both sources state that these kings formed a dynasty of the Sealand (BALA KURtam-tim/A. AB.BA). The second ruler of this dynasty (Ea-mukīn-zēri) is known to have been a usurper, but the third (Kaššû-nādin-aḫḫē) may have been the son of the first (Simbar-šipak). See Brinkman, PKB pp. 149-50 and RLA 8/1-2 (1993) p. 8; and Grayson, Chronicles p. 143 no. 18...

    (pp. 78-86)

    Upon the death of Kaššû-nādin-aḫḫē, a new dynasty came to power in Babylonia and its three kings reigned for a total of twenty years and three months (1004-985 BC). Babylonian King List A states that these kings came from the dynasty ofba-s[a(?)], while the Dynastic Chronicle states that they came from the dynasty of Bīt-Bazi (or Bīt-Bāzi, É-mba-zi). The location of Bīt-Bāzi is not clear, but it may have lain near the juncture of the Diyala and Tigris rivers (see Frayne, Early Dynastic List p. 45; and Nashef, Rép. Géogr. 5 pp. 54-55). The term also referred to a...

    (pp. 87-89)

    King List A gives the name of only one ruler (Mār-bīti-apla-usur, name mostly restored), for the next dynasty and does not assign him to any particular place or group. The Dynastic Chronicle, however, states that he was a descendant of Elam and may refer to the new dynasty as “dynasty of[Ela]m” (BALA [ELAM.M]A.KI). Thus this dynasty is generally referred to as the “Elamite Dynasty.” See Grayson, Chronicles p. 143 no. 18 v 13’-15’ and RLA 6/1-2 (1980) p. 92 iii 14’....

    (pp. 90-274)

    Following the death of Mār-bīti-apla-usṣur in 979 BC, a period began during which there were numerous, frequently brief, reigns by individuals whose dynastic and/or family affiliation is often unknown or uncertain. This period lasted for about three and a half centuries, until Nabopolassar gained control over all of Babylonia, founded a new dynasty, and created the Neo-Babylonian empire in the last quarter of the seventh century. During a large portion of this time, Babylonia did not exist as an independent kingdom. Several Assyrian kings, beginning with Tiglath-pileser III in 728 (B.6.19), ruled Babylonia directly, sometimes taking the title “king of...

  14. SŪḪU S.0
    (pp. 275-332)

    The land of Sāḫu was situated on the Middle Euphrates, from the northwestern border of Babylonia (probably located somewhere around modern Ramḫdī) as far as the small state of Ḫindānu (which was located in the region around modern Abū Kemal), and included such cities as Anat, Suru, and Ra’il. Salvage work in the Hadītha area recently uncovered a number of inscriptions and these have been published by Antoine Cavigneaux and Bahija Ismail. Those which can be assigned to a particular individual with any degree of certainty come from two governors of “the land of Sūḫu and the land of Mari”:...

  15. Minor Variants and Comments
    (pp. 333-338)
  16. Index of Museum Numbers
    (pp. 339-344)
  17. Index of Excavation Numbers
    (pp. 345-346)
  18. Concordances of Selected Publications
    (pp. 347-350)
  19. Scores of Inscriptions
    (pp. 1-119)