, Ptolemy I, the Chinese emperors and the Abassid caliph al-Mansur, who founded Bagdad in 762, all demonstrate the same desire to associate their exercise of power with control of the written heritage.
maintained a library because he could read and write cuneiform, a rare skill among rulers of the ancient Near East.
29-44, who argues that the closest parallels of the Cyrus Cylinder are the inscriptions of Ashurbanipal
, king of Assyria (668-627 B.
The tablets referred to are evidently those from the library of King Ashurbanipal
The Chronology of the Reign of Ashurbanipal
," Zeitschrift fur Assyriologie, Vol.
Norin especially thinks of Bel or Marduk, the city god of Babylon, who became more prominent within Assyrian religion under Esarhaddon and Ashurbanipal
The annals of Ashurbanipal
report what he did to his enemies: "I fed their corpses, cut into small pieces, to dogs, pigs, zibu-birds, vultures, the birds of the sky and (also) to the fish of the ocean.
7] Old Persian and Armenian traditions indicate that Alexander the Great, upon seeing the great library of Ashurbanipal
at Nineveh, was inspired to combine all the works of the various nations he conquered, translate them into Greek, and collect them all under one roof.
E, the episodes were rearranged and expanded by a Babylonian priest and poet into a more unified, coherent framework, known to us through a copy produced some six hundred years later and stored in the great library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal
The last great Assyrian king, Ashurbanipal
(669-629 BC), was an able ruler and scholar who assembled one of antiquity's greatest libraries, where Mesopotamian cuneiform literature written on clay tablets was collected.
We do have a second acrostic poem written by a famous Assyrian, King Ashurbanipal
In Egypt, for instance, Pharaoh controlled everything, while on the other hand, Mesopotamia was the least controlled economy, nevertheless triad gods Enlil, Anu, and Ea were in charge of Sumer and Akkad, god Marduk controlled the Babylonians, and Ashurbanipal