The Assyrian Invasions of Egypt (673-663 B.C.) and the Final Expulsion of the Kushites

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Author: Kahn, Dan-El
Further contributors: Altenmüller, H. (Editor)
Kloth, N. (Editor)
Document types:Artikel in Zeitschrift
Year of publication:2006
Published: Helmut Buske, Hamburg (2006)
Journal:Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur (SAK), 34
Subjects: DYN 25 -> Epochenbezeichnungen
ASSYRER -> Völkernamen
FELDZUG -> Diverses
KRIEG -> Diverses
TAHARQA -> Könige, in- und ausländisch
Verfügbarkeit:Lokaler Bestand vorhanden
Letzte Aktualisierung:25.07.2006
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The purpose of this article is to reevaluate the Assyrian attempts to conquer Egypt in the days of Taharqa, King of Kush (690-664 B.C.) during the reigns of Esarhaddon (681-669 B.C.) and Ashurbanipal (669 - ca. 630 B.C.) kings of Assyria. The historical backbone of this article is based on the Assyrian royal inscriptions. From these sources it becomes clear that the Assyrian war-machine conquered Egypt in a swift Blitzkrieg and tried to incorporate Egypt into the Assyrian realm. The fragmented Egyptian petty kingdoms, however, resisted the Assyrian occupation with the assistance of the Kushites. It is possible to shed additional light on the continuous struggle between the Assyrian overlords and the Egyptians from Queries to the Assyrian Sun god Shamash, letters from Babylonian scholars to the king of Assyria, Kushite royal inscriptions and Egyptian priestly commemorative stelae.