BCHP 4 on line (Alexander and Arshu)
- From Jack Sasson via the agade list:
>From R.J. van der Spek <rj.vander.spek@...>:===============================================
A new tablet in the series BCHP (= Babylonian Chronicles of the
Hellenistic Period) is on line: a document concerning Alexander the
Great and a Persian king called Arshu, who probably was king
Artaxerxes IV Arses, but may have been Artaxerxes II, whose
original name also was Arshu. You can read it at:
<http://www.livius.org > Babylonian Chronicles>.
It is far from certain that this document is a chronicle.
Nevertheless it has some features of a chronicle, but also of a
The document is not new: it was first published by Abraham Sachs in
1977. It is a tantalizing piece which can be reconstructed in many
ways. This edition does not bring many new viewpoints, except an
interesting new reading by Irving Finkel. I invite everybody to
take a look and to explain to me what it is all about.