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Sennacherib's Waterworks in Iraqi Kurdistan -- New Perspectives on Texts and Monuments


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Sennacherib's Waterworks in Iraqi Kurdistan -- New Perspectives on Texts and Monuments
01 April 2014, 06:00 PM
2nd Floor Lecture Hall
Lecture Event
Mario Fales (University of Udine)

The aqueduct in limestone blocks at Jerwan is one of the most imposing monuments erected by the Assyrian king Sennacherib (704-681 BC) in the Dohuk region of present-day Iraqi Kurdistan, as part of this ruler's vast hydraulic program for Nineveh. This aqueduct, which was subjected to a brief but detailed archeological investigation by Th. Jacobsen and S. Lloyd in 1933, was re-examined in September 2012 by the lecturer with an eye to the cuneiform texts engraved on the stone surfaces. A review of readings and localizations of the various specimens of Assyrian royal inscriptions (A-C) will be presented, also in connection with the sculptures and texts from Bavian/Khinis, a monumental complex some 12 miles upstream. In addition, new working hypotheses on the presumable place of origin of inscription D, and on the historical phase in which the puzzle-like positioning of its component slabs took place, will be brought forth.

This lecture is sponsored by The Achelis Foundation.

Event is open to the public