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By Hala Fattah, Frank Caso

A entire consultant to greater than 6,000 years of heritage in Iraq. masking subject matters starting from the traditional Mesopotamian civilizations to the autumn of Saddam Hussein and the battle in Iraq, it examines the altering panorama of this kingdom. It specializes in the societies, peoples, and cultures of Iraq.

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Ca. ) became king. He is reported to have angered the Babylonian priestly hierarchy by demoting their supreme god, Marduk, and replacing him with a non-Babylonian moon god, Sin. Furthermore, Nabonidus sojourned for 10 years at the oasis of Teima (in present-day Saudi Arabia), this forcing the cancellation of the new year’s festival of Akitu, during which the king and the high priest played important roles. Eventually, his reconsolidated state, resting on the laurels of Old Babylonia, came to an end when another king, Cyrus of Persia, moved into the capital without encountering resistance.

While tribal leaders paid an arranged tribute to signify their obeisance, the minute the Assyrian commanders wheeled around to return home, the tribes went back to their established ways. ) The Assyrians were Semitic peoples who lived through a turbulent history, first as a small kingdom at the mercy of pillaging tribes and then as subjects of the Babylonians. , Ashuruballit I founded the independent state of Assyria, and a few centuries later, this state metamorphosed into the supreme masters of ancient Iraq.

Seleucia was not a capital in the classical sense; as historian John D. Grainger points out, “the kings were peripatetic in the first century or so of the [Seleucid] kingdom’s life” (Grainger 1990, 122). Seleucus had forsaken Babylon (he would later forsake Seleucia) as an administrative center, and this required that many Babylonians relocate to the new city. Despite the fact that Chaldean astrologers remained, the legendary city began its slow 40 FROM THE PERSIAN EMPIRE TO THE SASSANIANS decline.

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