Michael Liebig
5th year of Esarhaddon
Fri Apr 7, 2017 17:30
2001:4c50:391e:8e00:607f:6290:d2e:fc33

Asarhaddon's text RINAP 4, No. 2 cites, among others the execution of Abdi-Milkuti and Sanda-uarri and the conquest of Bazu. Because the date of the inscription is the 22. II. 676/5, one would have to assume that the events must be before.

But the Esarhaddon Chronicle records the conquest of Bazu only in the fourth month, the executions only in the VIIth and the XIIth month of the year 676/5.

How can we explain this contradiction?

Regards
Michael

    • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonTory, Mon Apr 10 23:06
      Hi Michael, The reason no Assyriologist has questioned the Babylonian chronicle sources on this matter is because they are the unbiased sources, but more especially because the date at the very end... more
    • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonJoe Baker, Sun Apr 9 07:36
      Hi Michael When two ancient sources give conflicting dates, I choose the one which was contemporary with the event (the Assyrian source - Esarhaddon 002 = prism Nineveh 2) rather than the one copied... more
      • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonMichael Liebig, Mon Apr 10 10:52
        Hi Joe, I also think so. I am surprised, however, that despite the knowledge of the inscription Esarhaddon 2 the scholars dont trow consequences. They see only the dates of the chronicles.... more
        • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonMichael Liebig, Tue Apr 11 12:47
          Hi friends, now I have discovered, that Barbara Neviling Porter came 1993 to the same conclusion as Joe, in her book "Images, Power, and Politics", on p. 156. Hi Tory, The scribe knew the events... more
          • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonTory, Wed Apr 12 03:42
            Hi Michael, The building inscription, or public works section, is simply recycled and used to close this annal inscription which was made after month VII in year 5. Of course the original building... more
            • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonMichael Liebig, Wed Apr 12 06:55
              Hi Tory, Meanwhile I have found an datailed analysis of the problem by Lanfranchi ("I Cimmeri" = HANE-S II bis, p. 56ff.), unfortunately Italian. I do not trust a translation into English. But... more
              • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonJoe Baker, Tue May 2 05:52
                Hi Michael Thank you for the Lanfranchi pages. I am not convinced by his arguments. I simply see the Babylonian Chronicle account as having split the year 4 entries between year 4 and 5. Lanfranchi... more
                • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonMichael Liebig, Thu May 4 02:02
                  Hi Joe, nearly the same modification you can find here: Ivantchik, A. I.: Les Cimmérians au Proche-Orient, OBO 127(1993).... more
                  • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonJoe Baker, Fri May 5 08:11
                    Hi Michael Thanks for the Ivantchik. It is time consuming to translate into English as the paper is in jpg format. I have to save it in pdf format and then put it through an OCR and converter program ... more
              • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonTory, Thu Apr 13 05:32
                Hi Michael, I hope Lanfranchi's explanation in Italian is more detailed than the quick two-word remark Barbara Porter offered in her 1993 book. That was hardly the same conclusion as Joe's. The... more
                • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonMichael Liebig, Thu Apr 13 13:29
                  Hi Tory, ich have send you and Joea pdf with the detailed work of Lanfranchi. Regards Michael
          • Re: 5th year of EsarhaddonMichael Liebig, Tue Apr 11 12:50
            It is also unlikely that the kings were beheaded in their homeland only in the year after their capture.
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