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By John MacGinnis

ISBN-10: 178297797X

ISBN-13: 9781782977971

The urban of Erbil, which now claims to be one of many oldest continuously inhabited towns on the earth, lies at the wealthy alluvial plains on the foot of the piedmont of the Zagros mountains in a strategic place which from the earliest occasions made it a usual gateway among Iran and Mesopotamia. in the context of historic Mesopotamian civilisation there should be without doubt that it'll were some of the most very important city centres. but whereas the castle of Erbil is with no query a website of remarkable curiosity, archaeologically the mound has till lately remained nearly untouched. nevertheless wealthy documentation permits us to appreciate the context within which town grew and flourished. This paintings is devoted to the cuneiform resources. jointly those contain hundreds of thousands of files stretching from the overdue 3rd millennium to the mid first millennium BC. the first actual references, in administrative files from the information of the royal palace at Ebla, date to ca. 2300 BC. within the eras that stick with texts written in Sumerian after which Akkadian attest to the city's classes of independence alternating with its incorporation within the Ur III, Assyrian and Babylonian empires. From the Achaemenid interval, whereas the Elamite texts from Persepolis are normally unpublished, Erbil does look either within the recognized inscription of Darius I at Behistun and within the celebrated Passport of Nehtihur, an Aramaic record from Elephantine in Egypt. The resources contain a large choice of administrative texts, royal inscriptions, delivers, chronicles, letters, votive dedications and oracular pronouncements which jointly provide a different perception into the background and society of this remarkable city.

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