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By John Boardman, I. E. S. Edwards, E. Sollberger, N. G. L. Hammond

In this interval the dominant powers within the East have been Assyria after which Babylonia. each one demonstrated an in depth empire that used to be according to Mesopotamia, and every in flip fell principally via inner strife.

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East o f the T i g r i s , the b o r d e r l a n d b e t w e e n the t w o c o u n t r i e s , m o s t o f w h i c h had been taken o v e r b y A s s y r i a in c a m p a i g n s in the late ninth c e n t u r y , had g r a d u a l l y fallen a w a y from A s s y r i a n c o n t r o l a n d had resisted A s s y r i a n attempts t o retake i t . Chaldaean and A r a m a e a n 163 164 1 6 5 1 6 1 1 6 2 1 6 3 1 6 5 A 82, 1 8 2 - 4 ; A 198, 2 2 - 3 ; cf. i, 4 2 1 . Detailed documentation for Section II may be found in A 535, 2 2 6 - 4 5 .

A 7 2 , nos. 7 6 7 8 287 and 327; A 344, 28-30. A 545,235. A 535, 197. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 21. B A B Y L O N I A IN THE S H A D O W OF ASSYRIA a g a i n s t C h a l d a e a n and other rebels, such as M u k i n - z e r i and Shamashs h u m a - u k i n . T o secure this political allegiance, the A s s y r i a n s offered p o l i t i c a l a n d e c o n o m i c a d v a n t a g e s t o the city-dwellers and t o their t e m p l e s . M o s t A s s y r i a n m o n a r c h s o f this time sent g e n e r o u s offerings t o the m a j o r deities o f B a b y l o n i a , particularly t o M a r d u k and N a b u .

Pp. 1 1 5 - 1 6 . Note especially the lavish gifts of Sargon (A 226 1, 124—6). Cf. A 5 5 1 , 27 n. 1 2 2 . Cf. A 5 5 1 , 27 n. 123. 1 0 5 1 0 6 no. 1 ( A 88 iv, 2 1 2 - 1 4 no. 6). 1 0 4 1 0 7 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 BACKGROUND 17 ceramics, there w e r e n e w aesthetic a n d stylistic d e v e l o p m e n t s , perhaps b u t this has yet t o be satisfactorily influenced b y A s s y r i a n a d v a n c e s , studied. O n e w o u l d n o t e x p e c t that after 625 the architectural and artistic a c h i e v e m e n t s o f the dynasty o f N a b o p o l a s s a r a n d N e b u c h a d r e z z a r c a m e to fruition w i t h o u t relation t o their native predecessors.

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