Re: [ANE-2] Arpad question
- Thank you Tory and (offline) Victor.
The alleged destruction of Arpad after the siege of Tiglath-pileser in
743-740 BCE, which I've read in three different secondary sources, appears to
be an overstatement carelessly drawn from the Eponym Chronicle.
[743/742] During the eponomy of Tiglath-pileser, the king of Assyria,
there was a massacre among the Urarteans in Arpad.
[742/741] During the eponomy of Nabû-da'inannil, the commander in chief,
campaign against Arpad.
[741/740] During the eponomy of Bêl-Harran-bêla-usur, the palace herald,
campaign against the same; the city was taken after three years.
I see also that Arpad was Hamath's later ally in the revolt under Ilu-ib'di
against Sargon II in 720 BCE.
The inscriptions do not say Arpad was destroyed in 743. They say a defeat
of Urartu (its armed forces) was made "in Arpad" that year. See H. Tadmor's
The Inscriptions of Tiglath-pileser III (Jerusalem, 1994), pp. 50-52; 232.
Tel Aviv, Israel
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