Babylonian and Assyrian Literature eBook

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Parthians he went.
186 The cities of Bustu, Sala-khamanu (and) Cini-khamanu,
     fortified towns, together with 23 cities
187 which depended upon them I captured.  Their fighting-men
     I slew.  Their spoil I carried off.  To the country of
     Zimri I went down.
188 Exceeding fear of Assur (and) Merodach overwhelmed
     them.  Their cities they abandoned.  To
189 inaccessible mountains they ascended.  Two hundred and
     fifty of their cities I threw down, dug up (and) burned
     with fire.
190 Into the lowground of Sime’si at the head of the country
    of Khalman I went down.

[Footnote 1:  The mountainous country near the sources of the Tigris.]

[Footnote 2:  That is in the person of his commander-in-chief, Dayan-Assur.]

[Footnote 3:  The modern Van.]

[Footnote 4:  Parthia.]

[Footnote 5:  This refers to his assuming the eponymy a second time after completing a reign of thirty years.  At this period the Assyrian kings assumed the eponymy on first ascending the throne, and the fact that Shalmaneser took the same office again in his thirty-first year shows that a cycle of thirty years was in existence.]

[Footnote 6:  The Gozan of the Old Testament.]

[Footnote 7:  Haran or Harran in the Old Testament; called Carrhae by the classical geographers.]

[Footnote 8:  Andia was afterward incorporated into Assyria by Sargon.]

THE EPIGRAPHS ACCOMPANYING THE SCULPTURES

  I The tribute of ’Su’a of the country of the Guzanians: 
     silver, gold, lead, articles of bronze, sceptres for the King’s
     hand, horses (and) camels with double backs:  I received. 
 II The tribute of Yahua[1] son of Khumri[2]:  silver, gold,
     bowls of gold, vessels of gold, goblets of gold, pitchers
     of gold, lead, sceptres for the King’s hand, (and) staves: 
     I received. 
III The tribute of the country of Muzri[3]:  camels with double
     backs, an ox of the river ’Saceya,[4] horses, wild asses,
     elephants
, (and) apes:  I received. 
 IV The tribute of Merodach-pal-itstsar of the country of the
     ’Sukhians[5]:  silver, gold, pitchers of gold, tusks of the
     wild bull, staves, antimony, garments of many colors,
     (and) linen:  I received. 
  V The tribute of Garparunda of the country of the Patinians: 
     silver, gold, lead, bronze, gums, articles of bronze, tusks
     of wild bulls, (and) ebony[6]:  I received.

[Footnote 1:  Jehu.]

[Footnote 2:  Omri.]

[Footnote 3:  This is the Armenian Muzri, not Egypt.]

[Footnote 4:  This would seem from the sculpture to mean a rhinoceros.  Lenormant, however, identifies it with the Yak.]

[Footnote 5:  Nomadic tribes in the southwest of Babylonia.]

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