Witchcraft and war: The ritual fragment Ki 1904-10-9, 18 (BM 98989)

@article{Schwemer2007WitchcraftAW,
  title={Witchcraft and war: The ritual fragment Ki 1904-10-9, 18 (BM 98989)},
  author={Daniel Schwemer},
  journal={Iraq},
  year={2007},
  volume={69},
  pages={29 - 42}
}
War, and imminent battle in particular, put any Babylonian or Assyrian king, whose rule and security very much depended on successful campaigns, in a precarious situation. While careful military planning certainly helped to defeat one's enemies, victory in the end was determined by the gods. Before entering battle, oracles were consulted to make certain that the king's decisions had the gods' favour, and a number of other rituals could be performed to ensure that the gods supported the king's… 
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