Aššur-dān III

Aššūr-dān III (772-755 BC), the second son of Adad-nārārī III [http:/riao/theassyrianempire883745bc/adadnarariiii/index.html] to succeed him, is attested in only one royal inscription, a fragmentary clay cone from Ashur which refers to restoration work in the Aššur temple's main courtyard. According to the Assyrian King List [/riao/kinglists/assyriankinglist/assyriankinglist/index.html#assurnasirpal2] (AKL), he reigned for eighteen years and was succeeded by his brother Aššur-nārārī V [http:/riao/theassyrianempire883745bc/ashurnarariv/index.html].

The Assyrian eponym chronicle [/saao/Q007771.97/], which is well-preserved for his reign, records a reign riddled with plague (years 765, 759) and revolt (years 763-759), as well as a solar eclipse [/saao/Q007771.105/], the Bur-Sagale eclipse of 763 which is so important for Near Eastern chronology. Otherwise, the Assyrian army was alternately in the land of Assyria or campaigning especially to the west and south.


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RICCA no. 227

This text is inscribed on a fragment of a clay cone found at Ashur. It obviously describes the restoration work carried out by Aššur-dān III on the main courtyard of Ehursagkurkurra, the Ashur temple at Ashur. The preserved part mostly contains the royal epithets.

[Alexander Kudryavtsev]

Access the composite text [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/riao/Q006691/] of Aššur-dān III 01.

Source: Ist A 03600 (Ass 17349)


1984 Donbaz and Grayson, RICCA no. 227 (copy, edition)

J. Caleb Howard & Alexander Kudryavtsev

J. Caleb Howard & Alexander Kudryavtsev, 'Aššur-dān III', The Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online (RIAo) Project, The RIAo Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2020 [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/riao/theassyrianempire883745bc/ashurdaniii/]

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