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Title: On the Hittite-Assyrian Military Conflict(s) in the Late 13th Century BCE Once Again
Author(s): ALEXANDROV, Boris
Journal: Journal Asiatique
Volume: 310    Issue: 1   Date: 2022   
Pages: 17-25
DOI: 10.2143/JA.310.1.3290948

Abstract :
The article reviews recent developments in the study of the Hittite-Assyrian relations in the second half of the 13th century BCE. It is argued that there is no sufficient evidence for reconstructing two military conflicts between Hatti and Assyria during the reign of Tukultī-Ninurta I (1233-1197 BCE). The battle of Nihriya described in the Ugarit letter RS 34.165 should be dated to the time of the previous Assyrian king Shalmaneser I (1263-1234 BCE). It was a part of a large-scale war which lasted for several years at the end of Shalmaneser’s reign. The Hittite and Assyrian sources available for the last third of the 13th century BCE may testify to military incidents and mutual tensions, but at the same time they do not allow much room for prolonged full-fledged conflicts between two countries.

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