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By Sigurdur Hafthorsson

The examine is an intensive exam of either textual and archaeological assets for the heritage of the dominion of Aram-Damascus.

This country was once an Aramean country concentrated round Damascus in Syria from ca. 1100 to 732 B.C. The textual resources for the research are inscriptions in Aramaic, Neo-Assyrian inscriptions, and the previous testomony. In past reviews, archaeology has been little utilized in tracing this state. This research offers an summary of excavations and surveys within the zone round Damascus and the Golan.

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Contents and function of the text. They are 1) commemorative mscnptlons, 2) labels, 3) dedicatory inscriptions, and 4) letters to the god. ~e first, commemorative inscriptions, he subdivided into 1a) annalistic inscriptions and 1b) display inscriptions (which I will refer to ~s summary inscriptions). 322 Annalistic inscriptions are, accordmg to Grayson, an Assyrian invention from the end of the second millennium, and are descriptions of the military achievem~nts of the king. They can, on the one hand, describe only one campmgn and be originally located in the area of that campaign or, on the other hand, describe several campaigns in a single inscription.

L 04. 7 (Tall alStele), and A. 8 (The Nimrud Slab). 312 So Albright 1942, 28, n. 16; Millard & Tadmor 1973, 63 n. 22; Page 1968, 149150, although their arguments for why Mari should be identified with Bar-Hadad, son of Hazael rather than Hazael (so de Vaux 1934, 80-82; Lipinski 1975, 19 (without motivating it)), or some other relative, are far from decisive and to say the least, speculative! 313 Note that a reconstruction of Aram-Damascus' period of greatness using all the available data will be given in chapter seven.

And Bar-Hadad, son of Hazael, united against me [... ]ten kings Then the inscription goes on and lists the kings involved: 'Bar-Hadad and his army, Bar-Gush and his army, the king of Que and his army, 281 Pognon 1907, 156-178. The site was kept secret until after the death of Pognon, when it was revealed by Rene Dussaud (1922, 175-176). 282 Pognon 1907, 157. See pls. 9-10. 283 There has been some debate about the identification of the site of Hazrak (Ass. l;latarikka), but there are indications that it should be identified with the site where the stele was found, Tall cAfis.

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