Mannaeans

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Mannaeans

(mănē`ənz), ancient people of Asia Minor, occupying the region E of Assyria and SE of Urartu, in present-day NW Iran. Their kingdom, which flourished in the 9th and 8th cent. B.C., seems to have acted as a buffer state between the Urartians and the Assyrians until it was conquered (7th cent.) by Media. Excavations that began in 1956 succeeded in uncovering the fortified city of Hasanlu.
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In the much-discussed SAA 10 112, for example, we see the Babylonian celestial diviner Bel-usezib deliberately bend the traditional method of interpreting an omen so that it would result in Esarhaddon's favor during a campaign against the Manneans.
Whether it is a crescent, or whether it appears on the fifteenth, or whether they (the moon and sun) appear on the sixteenth day, it is an evil portent, and it concerns the Manneans.
In Sargon's letter to the gods, he uses these terms to describe kings whose cities lay astride the roads to the lands of the Medes and Manneans, kings who had not previously acknowledged the sovereignty of Assyria: