Esarhaddon, King of Assyria

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Esarhaddon, King of Assyria continues Josette Elayi’s narrative journey through the lives of the kings of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. Using both archaeological and textual evidence, Elayi examines the contentious circumstances surrounding Esarhaddon’s accession to the throne in 681 BCE, his rebuilding of Babylon, which had been destroyed by his father Sennacherib, his successful campaigns in Media, the Arabian Peninsula, Anatolia, the Caucasus, and the Levant, and his ultimate achievement, the conquest of Egypt in 671 BCE. Throughout, Elayi presents a rich portrait of this enigmatic figure, whose short but impactful reign was plagued by chronic illness and a complex—and ultimately fatal—relationship with his court officials. Yet, through it all, Esarhaddon emerges as one of the most scholarly and most politically successful kings of the empire.

Author(s): Josette Elayi
Publisher: Lockwood Press
Year: 2023

Language: English
Pages: xvi; 158
City: Columbus
Tags: Esarhaddon, King of Assyria, -669 B.C.; Assyria–History

Title page
CIP data
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and Keys
The Chronology of Esarhaddon’s Reign
Map of the Assur-Nineveh-Arbela triangle
Map of the Assyrian Empire ca. 699 BCE
1. A Portrait of Esarhaddon
2. Esarhaddon, the Crown Prince
3. Esarhaddon’s Accession to the Throne
4. Diviners and Other Scholars in the Court of Nineveh
5. The Rebuilding of Babylon and Other Building Activities
6. The First Phase of Campaigns (680–675)
7. The Second Phase of Campaigns (674–669)
8. The Problem of Succession
9.The End of Esarhaddon’s Reign
10. An Assessment of Esarhaddon’s Reign
Notes to Introduction
Notes to Chapter 1
Notes to Chapter 2
Notes to Chapter 3
Notes to Chapter 4
Notes to Chapter 5
Notes to Chapter 6
Notes to Chapter 7
Notes to Chapter 8
Notes to Chapter 9
Notes to Conclusion (ch. 10)
Selected Bibliography
Ancient Personal Names
Divine Names
Modern Personal Names
Place Names