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Assyrian Eponym List (2/1)

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Sargon II (r) and Sennacherib (l) on a relief from Khorsabad, now in the Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins.
King Sargon II (right) and his crown prince Sennacherib (left) on a relief from Khorsabad, now in the Louvre, Paris.
Assyrian Eponym List: list Assyrian officials (the limmu's, or eponymous magistrates) whose names were given to the years. This list was the foundation of the chronology of ancient Assyria, and still is an important tool to reconstruct the chronology. Two parts remain, one dealing with the first quarter of the second millennium and one dealing with years 858-699.

On this page, you will find the first part of the youngest of these fragments, which was publised as text #9 in Jean-Jacques Glassner's Chroniques Mťsopotamiennes (1993; translated as Mesopotamian Chronicles, 2004). There are ten copies of this text, found in Nineveh, Sultan-Tepe, and A
ššur.The other surviving Eponym List can be found here.

(...) reign of Šalmaneser [III] son of Aššurnasirpal [II], king of Assyria.
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[858/857] During the eponymy of Šarru-baltu-niši, campaign against [...].
[857/856] During the eponymy of Šalmaneser, the king of Assyria, campaign against [...].
[856/855] During the eponymy of Aššur-bÍla-ka'in, the commander in chief, campaign against [...].
[855/854] During the eponymy of Aššur-bunaya-usur, the chief buttler, campaign against [...]
[854/853] During the eponymy of Abi-ina-ekalli-lilbur, the palace herald [...].
[853/852] During the eponymy of Dayan-Aššur, the commander in chief, [...]
[852/851] During the eponymy of Šamaš-abua, governor of Nisibis, [...].
[851/850] During the eponymy of Šamaš-bÍla-usur, governor of Kalhu, [...].
[850/849] During the eponymy of BÍl-bunaya, the palace herald, [...].
[849/848] During the eponymy of Hadi-lipušu, governor of Na'iri, [...].
[848/847] During the eponymy of Nergal-alik-pani, governor of [...].
[847/846] During the eponymy of Bur-ramman, governor of [...].
[846/845] During the eponymy of Inurta-mukin-niši, the palace herald, [...].
[845/844] During the eponymy of Inurta-nadin-šumi, governor of [...].
[844/843] During the eponymy of Aššur-bunaya, governor of [...].
[843/842] During the eponymy of Tab-Inurta, governor of [...].
[842/841] During the eponymy of Taklak-ana-šarri, governor of Nemed-Ištar, [...].
[841/840] During the eponymy of Addad-remannii, governor of Guzana, [...].
[840/839] During the eponymy of Šamaš-abua, governor of Rasappa, campaign against the cedar mountain.
[839/838] During the eponymy of Šulma-bÍli-lamur, governor of Ahuzuhina, campaign against Qu'e [Cilicia].
[838/837] During the eponymy of Inurta-kibsi-usur, governor of Rasappa, campaign against Malahi.
[837/836] During the eponymy of Inurta-ilaya, governor of Ahizuhina, campaign against Danabu.
[836/835] During the eponymy of Qurdi-Aššur, governor of Raqmat, campaign  [...].
[835/834] During the eponymy of Šep-šarri, governor of Habruri, campaign against Milidu.
[834/833] During the eponymy of Nergal-mudammiq, governor of Nineveh, campaign against Namri.
[833/832] During the eponymy of Yahulu, the chamberlain, campaign against Qu'e.
[832/831] During the eponymy of Ululayu, governor of Kalizi, campaign against Qu'e.
[831/830] During the eponymy of Šarru-hatta-ipe, governor of [...], campaign agains Qu'e; [the god] Anu the Great left Der.
[830/829] During the eponymy of Nergal-ilaya, governor of Isana, campaign against Urartu.
[829/828] During the eponymy of Hubaya, governor of [...]hi, campaign against Unqu.
[828/827] During the eponymy of Ilu-mukin-ahi, governor of [...]ha, campaign against Ulluba.
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[827/826] During the eponymy of Šalmaneser, the king of Assyria, campaign against Mannea.
[826/825] During the eponymy of Dayan-Aššur, the commander in chief, revolt.
[825/824] During the eponymy of Aššur-bunaya-usur, the great butler, revolt.
[824/823] During the eponymy of Yahalu, the commander in chief, revolt.
[823/822] During the eponymy of BÍl-bunaya, the palace herald, revolt.
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Thirty-five years, Šalmaneser, king of Assyria.
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[822/821] During the eponymy of Šamši-Adad [V], the king of Assyria, revolt.
[821/820] During the eponymy of Yahalu, the commander in chief, revolt.
[820/819] During the eponymy of BÍl-dan, the palace herald, the revolt was suppressed.
[819/818] During the eponymy of Inurta-ubla, governor of [...], campaign against Mannea.
[818/817] During the eponymy of Šamaš-ilaya, governor of [...], campaign against [...]šumme.
[817/816] During the eponymy of Nergal-ilaya, governor of Isana, campaign against Tille.
[816/815] During the eponymy of Aššur-bunaya-usur, the chief butler, campaign against Tille.
[815/814] During the eponymy of Šarru-hattu-ilpe, governor of Nisibis, campaign against Zaratu.
[814/813] During the eponymy of BÍl-lu-ballat, the commander in chief, campaign against Der; Anu the Great went to Der.
[813/812] During the eponymy of Mušekniš, governor of Habruri, campaign against Ahsana.
[812/811] During the eponymy of Inurta-ašared, governor of Raqmat, campaign against Chaldaea.
[811/810] During the eponymy of Šamaš-kumua, governor of Arrapha, campaign against Babylon.
[810/809] During the eponymy of BÍl-qate-sabat, governor of Mazamua, the king stayed in the land.
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Thirteen years, Šamši-Adad, king of Assyria.
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[809/808] During the eponymy of Adad-Nirari [III], the king of Assyria, campaign against Media.
[808/807] During the eponymy of Nergal-ilaya, the commander in chief, campaign against Guzana.
[807/806] During the eponymy of BÍl-d‚n, the palace herald, campaign against Mannea.
[806/805] During the eponymy of Sil-BÍli, the chief butler, campaign against Mannea.
[805/804] During the eponymy of Aššur-taklak, the chamberlain, campaign against Arpad.
[804/803] During the eponymy of Ilu-issiya, governor of Aššur, campaign against Hazazu.
[803/802] During the eponymy of Nergal-ereš, governor of Rasappa, campaign against Ba'alu.
[802/801] During the eponymy of Aššur-balti-ekurri, governor of Arrapha, campaign against the Sealand; plague.
[801/800] During the eponymy of Inurta-ilaya, governor of Ahizuhina, campaign against Hubuškia.
[800/799] During the eponymy of Šep-Ištar, governor of Nisibis, campaign against Media.

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