Ancient Assyria: A Very Short Introduction
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Questions for Thought and Discussion
- What is the role of the god Assur in the Assyrian society and state?
- Does it matter that there can only be one temple of Assur?
- How different does Assyrian religion seem from other religions, including our own?
- What made establishing colonies in Anatolia attractive?
- What challenges presented the long-distance trading operations of the Assyrian traders present to their family life?
- How significant is the move of the Assyrian capital from Assur to Kalhu (Nimrud)?
- Why were 19th century audiences so intrigued by the discoveries in Assyria?
- What is the role of Eunuchs in the Assyrian palace and state administration?
- What languages and scripts were used in the Assyrian Empire?
- What can we learn about Esarhaddon’s character and personality from the available sources?
- What do we know about his family?
- What is the Substitute King ritual?
- How would life in the Assyrian heartland have differed from living in the provinces during the imperial period?
- How would life of an Assyrian woman have differed from that of an Assyrian man?
- How did Assyria interact with the neighbouring states, big and small?
- How do you think Assyria, the Assyrian king and the god Assur were seen by the people whose territories the empire took control of?
- How did Assyrian reactions to Samsi-Addu change over time?
- What happened to those whose homes were conquered by the Assyrian army?
- How was the Assyrian army organised?
- How was the Assyrian postal system organised?
- What makes a person an Assyrian? Does this change over time?
- Does the Assyrian Empire still matter today?
Other books by the author
- With E. Robson, The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture, (Oxford University Press 2011)
- State Correspondences of the Ancient World from the New Kingdom to the Roman Empire(Oxford University Press 2014)
- Joan Aruz, Sarah B. Graff, and Yelena Rakic, eds., Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014)
- Paul Collins Assyrian Palace Sculptures(British Museum Press, 2008)
- John E. Curtis and Julian E. Reade, eds., Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria in the British Museum (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995)
- Mario Liverani The Ancient Near East: History, Society and Economy (Routledge, 2014)
- Assyrian Empire Builders: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sargon/
- Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire: http://oracc. museum.upenn.edu/saao/knpp/