Through a Glass Darkly Esarhaddon's Retrospects on the Downfall of Babylon

  title={Through a Glass Darkly Esarhaddon's Retrospects on the Downfall of Babylon},
  author={John A. Brinkman},
  journal={Journal of the American Oriental Society},
  • J. Brinkman
  • Published 1983
  • History
  • Journal of the American Oriental Society
THE READER OF ESARHADDON's BABYLON INSCRIPTIONS is inevitably struck by a curious omission: the downfall of the city is recounted without reference to its harsh destruction by the Assyrian army ten years earlier. (This is roughly comparable to an historical account of the final days of World War II in the Pacific neglecting to mention use of atomic weaponry.) Esarhaddon's texts deal in detail with the disastrous fate of the old capital; but they lay the blame on a natural cataclysm, a severe… 
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