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By Ervand Abrahamian

In a reappraisal of Iran's sleek heritage, Ervand Abrahamian lines its nerve-racking trip around the 20th century, during the discovery of oil, imperial interventions, the guideline of the Pahlavis and, in 1979, revolution and the beginning of the Islamic Republic. within the intervening years, the rustic has skilled a sour battle with Iraq, the transformation of society less than the clergy and, extra lately, the growth of the kingdom and the fight for energy among the outdated elites, the intelligentsia and the economic center type. the writer is a compassionate expositor. whereas he adroitly negotiates the twists and turns of the country's neighborhood and overseas politics, on the center of his e-book are the folk of Iran. it's to them and their resilience that this publication is devoted, as Iran emerges initially of the twenty-first century as probably the most strong states within the heart East.

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This genre is by some called votive mscnptwns. 76 CHAPTER FOUR: ASSYRIAN TEXTS A PASSING POWER that include more than just a dedication of a specific item to a god, making them similar to summary inscriptions. 326 Few texts that have been identified as a letter to the god. They are reports of the king' s deeds (successful campaigns) addressed to a god. They were probably read aloud to a live audience, glorifying the king 327 and commemorating the fallen. None of the texts here are letters to the god.

313 Note that a reconstruction of Aram-Damascus' period of greatness using all the available data will be given in chapter seven. 314 I do not count the Sfire stelae here, as they are dated much later. They, however, contain ca. twenty geographical names. Rima~ CHAPTER FOUR: ASSYRIAN TEXTS Introduction Overview Our main contemporary source of information for the history of AramDamascus is Assyria. Compared to the existing inscriptions in Aramaic, Assyrian inscriptions are abundant. However, many of them seem to be parts of the same narrative or text.

This reading depends both on the fitting of fragments A and B and on the acceptance that the lack of a word divider (which is in place in the same word in line 8) is natural. This reading has, however, been accepted by most commentators who have accepted Biran & Naveh's alignment of the fragments. 234 The alternative would be to read 'my king' as did Bob Becking and Kurt. L. Noll, among others,235 or 'my kingdom' (see line 6). JJ 'to enter: ' 236 'my kingdom rose up ... ' I see no compelling evidence for any of the interpretations due to the uncertainty of the alignment ofthe fragments.

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