New PDF release: A City from the Dawn of History: Erbil in the Cuneiform

By John MacGinnis

ISBN-10: 178297797X

ISBN-13: 9781782977971

The urban of Erbil, which now claims to be one of many oldest consistently 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 instances made it a normal gateway among Iran and Mesopotamia. in the context of old Mesopotamian civilisation there will be without doubt that it'll were essentially the most very important city centres. but whereas the fortress of Erbil is with no query a domain of outstanding curiosity, archaeologically the mound has until eventually lately remained nearly untouched. nevertheless wealthy documentation permits us to appreciate the context during which the town grew and flourished. This paintings is devoted to the cuneiform assets. jointly those contain thousands of records stretching from the overdue 3rd millennium to the mid first millennium BC. the first actual references, in administrative files from the records of the royal palace at Ebla, date to ca. 2300 BC. within the eras that persist with texts written in Sumerian after which Akkadian attest to the city's sessions 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 From the Achaemenid interval, whereas the Elamite texts from Persepolis are regularly unpublished, Erbil does seem either within the recognized inscription of Darius I at Behistun and within the celebrated Passport of Nehtihur, an Aramaic rfile from Elephantine in Egypt. The assets comprise a large choice of administrative texts, royal inscriptions, can provide, chronicles, letters, votive dedications and oracular pronouncements which jointly supply a different perception into the background and society of this unprecedented city.

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