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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 always 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 old Mesopotamian civilisation there will be without doubt that it'll were some of the most very important city centres. but whereas the castle of Erbil is with out query a domain of remarkable curiosity, archaeologically the mound has until eventually lately remained almost untouched. however 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 hundreds of thousands of files stretching from the past due 3rd millennium to the mid first millennium BC. the first actual references, in administrative records from the data of the royal palace at Ebla, date to ca. 2300 BC. within the eras that stick to 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 From the Achaemenid interval, whereas the Elamite texts from Persepolis are often unpublished, Erbil does seem either within the well-known inscription of Darius I at Behistun and within the celebrated Passport of Nehtihur, an Aramaic rfile from Elephantine in Egypt. The resources comprise a large choice of administrative texts, royal inscriptions, promises, chronicles, letters, votive dedications and oracular pronouncements which jointly provide a distinct perception into the background and society of this unparalleled city.

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