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Title: Neo-Elamite Problems
Author(s): POTTS, D.T.
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 40    Date: 2005   
Pages: 165-177
DOI: 10.2143/IA.40.0.583206

Abstract :
One hundred and fifty years ago Austen Henry Layard published Discoveries in the ruins of Nineveh & Babylon, a work in which he discussed, among many other things, the well-known relief fragment from room 33 in Sennacherib’s palace without rival at Nineveh which depicts Madaktu, one of many Elamite cities which Sennacherib and later Assurbanipal both claim to have attacked. In fact, this relief is just one small piece in the much larger puzzle of understanding the geographical context of Assyria’s campaigns against Elam, a geographical context with which Layard was already grappling several years earlier. For Layard, like many of his contemporaries, was acutely aware of the importance of a correct identification of the rivers mentioned in the Assyrian and Classical sources on Khuzistan as a necessary first step in understanding the theatre of war, whether in the Neo-Elamite/Neo-Assyrian case, or in the struggle between the Diadochoi during the decades following Alexander’s death.

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