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USA, Chicago: Lecture: The Collapse of the Assyrian Empire and the Evidence of Dur-Katlimmu

January 8, 2014

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 06:04 AM UT


Dur-Katlimmu

Dūr-Katlimmu
Ausgrabung von Tell Schech Hamad

LECTURE:
The Collapse of the Assyrian Empire and the Evidence of Dur-Katlimmu

Oriental Institute - Membership Department

Oriental Institute - Breasted Hall
1155 E 58th St
Chicago, IL 60637 USA

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

Join Hartmut Kühn, University Professor at the Institut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie for The Collapse of the Assyrian Empire and the Evidence of Dur-Katlimmu.

In historiography long thought to have vanished, the Assyrians prove to have lived on, as the archaeological evidence unmistakably demonstrates.

The collapse of the Assyrian Empire was the prelude to the end of the Mesopotamian domination of the Ancient Near East in 539 BC to be followed by the Persian hegemony. The metropolitan core region of Assyria laid waste, as is known from extensive excavations in the Assyrian capitals; neither the Babylonian nor the Median successors cared for a reconstruction program. But how did the Assyrian home provinces survive the collapse? This poorly known chapter of history is now elucidated by the long term excavations at Tell Sheikh Hamad (Syria), the Assyrian provincial centre of Dur-Katlimmu. In historiography long thought to have vanished, the Assyrians prove to have lived on, as the archaeological evidence unmistakably demonstrates.

Come early and take a docent-led tour of the museum galleries at 6:30 pm.  No reservation necessary.  Please meet in the museum lobby.

Questions? Contact the Oriental Institute Membership Office at 773-834-9777 or visit oi.uchicago.edu/getinvolved

 

Lecture Video and Photographs

Hartmut Kühne | The Collapse of the Assyrian Empire and the Evidence of Dur-Katlimmu

The collapse of the Assyrian Empire was the prelude to the end of the Mesopotamian domination of the Ancient Near East in 539 BC to be followed by the Persian hegemony. The metropolitan core region of Assyria laid waste, as is known from extensive excavations in the Assyrian capitals; neither the Babylonian nor the Median successors cared for a reconstruction program. But how did the Assyrian home provinces survive the collapse? This poorly known chapter of history is now elucidated by the long term excavations at Tell Sheikh Hamad (Syria), the Assyrian provincial centre of Dur-Katlimmu. In historiography long thought to have vanished, the Assyrians prove to have lived on, as the archaeological evidence unmistakably demonstrates.

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USA, Chicago: Lecture: The Collapse of the Assyrian Empire and the Evidence of Dur-Katlimmu. Oriental Institute, Chicago, January 08, 2014. Photo: AIM
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Professor Hartmut Kühn — University Professor at the Institut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie. Photo: AIM
clay tablet
Replica of clay tablet found at Dur-Katlimmu, graciously allowed to be examined by lecture attendees. Photo: AIM


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