The unconquerable country: the Babylonian marshes in the Neo-Assyrian sources

  title={The unconquerable country: the Babylonian marshes in the Neo-Assyrian sources},
  author={Ariel M. Bagg},
  journal={Water History},
The Assyrians ruled in the first half of the first millennium BCE over most part of the Ancient Near East. The Neo-Assyrian Empire was constructed on the base of a powerful, well organized and trained army, which defeated all enemies and seemed to be invincible. Babylonia was a special case, because of the complicated political situation and especially its particular geography. Southern Babylonia (nowadays Southern Iraq) was a region of marshes and lagoons, an ideal refuge for rebels. The area… 
1 Citations

Kings of Chaldea and Sons of Nobodies: Assyrian Engagement with Chaldea and the Emergence of Chaldean Power in Babylonia

  • J. Nielsen
  • History
    Studia Orientalia Electronica
  • 2021
From the ninth century until the last quarter of the seventh century BCE, the Assyrian Empire first extended its power over Babylonia and then engaged in a prolonged effort to retain control. The



Merodach-Baladan at Dur-Jakin: A Note on the Defense of Babylonian Cities

  • M. Powell
  • History
    Journal of Cuneiform Studies
  • 1982
The defensive works consisted of a moat 200 cubits (ca. 100 m.) wide and 18 cubits (ca. 9 m.) deep at a distance of one allu (ca. 60 m.) from the city wall. Bridges were built across it, and it was

Sennacherib's Southern Front: 704-689 B.C.

  • L. Levine
  • History
    Journal of Cuneiform Studies
  • 1982
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, ruled over much of western Asia for twenty-four years, from 704 to 681 B.C. The royal inscriptions of Sennacherib's reign, as do those of most of the neo-Assyrian kings,

Sennacherib's "Palace without Rival" at Nineveh

Best known today from biblical accounts of his exploits and ignominious end, the Assyrian king Sennacherib (704-681 B.C.) was once the ruler of all western Asia. In his capital at Nineveh, in what is

Revisiting the Sealands: Report of Preliminary Ground Reconnaissance in the Hammar District, Dhi Qar and Basra Governorates, Iraq1

The flourit of early Sumerian civilization in southern Iraq marked a degree of economic differentiation, sociopolitical complexity, and urbanization previously unseen in the ancient world. This

Of Birds, Eggs and Turtles

Among the numerous contributions that Prof. S. N. Kramer has made to Sumerology over the last half Century has been his popularization of the Sumerian ^'first". To his list of "firsts" one might also

Effects of mesopotamian marsh (iraq) desiccation on the cultural knowledge and livelihood of marsh arab women

Abstract In this study, we evaluate ecological and cultural resiliency in response to desertification of the Mesopotamian Marshes of Southern Iraq. Our research illustrates that the desiccation of

Social-ecological assessment framework for the restoration of the Iraqi Mesopotamian Marshlands

Efforts to restore the Mesopotamian Marshlands, the largest wetlands ecosystem in the Middle East, have been underway since 2003. However, they have lacked an integrated approach that recognizes the

Sculptures from the Southwest Palace of Sennacherib at Nineveh

A complete record, in two volumes, of all the known reliefs and drawings of the Southwest Palace built by Sennacherib (704-681 BC) at Nineveh. Vol. I consists of introductory chapters and a detailed

« The Geography of the Borsippa Region », in : Y. Amit, E. Ben Zvi, I. Finkelstein et O. Lipschits, eds., Essays on Ancient Israel in its Near Eastern Context. A Tribute to Nadav Na’aman. Jérusalem, 2006, pp. 389-453.

L’A. reconstruit pour l’epoque neo-babylonienne et achemenide le territoire de la ville de Borsippa, situee a 15 km au sud-ouest de Babylone. Le territoire etait compose de canaux, de palmeraies, de