Neo-Assyrian elite women

Authored by: Saana Svärd

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910

10.4324/9781315621425.ch9

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Abstract

The reign of the first king considered to be Neo-Assyrian (Aššur-dan II) began in 934 bce, but Assyrian cultural continuity is usually posited all the way from the Old Assyrian era (c.2000–1750 bce) to the Neo-Assyrian era. During the years 744–612 bce, Assyria expanded until the Neo-Assyrian Empire became one of the largest in the ancient Near East. 2 It has left behind a remarkable amount of cuneiform texts on clay tablets, many of them published in the State Archives of Assyria series (abbreviated SAA). These texts include such genres as letters, treaties, loyalty oaths, oracular queries, legal transactions, administrative records, astrological reports, and literary texts.

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