Taharqa, King of Kush and the Assyrians

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In this article the relationships between Esarhaddon, king of Assyria (681-669 B.C.) and Taharqa, King of Kush (690-664 B.C.) are surveyed. The years between 690-683 are regarded as years of peace, while Kushite intervention in the Levant from 683 and probably until 679 prompted Assyria to react and gain control over the Levant and finally conquer Egypt. This conquest is reflected in the
Assyrian Royal Inscriptions and Annals of Esarhaddon. An extraordinary prayer by Taharqa to Amun, previously dated by P. Vernus to 677/6-674/3 B. C., records Taharqa's defeat and the capture of his crown-prince, Ushanhuru in 671 B.C. and Taharqa's request from Amun to guard the life of his sons and concubines and to return things to their previous state of affairs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109–128
JournalJournal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities
StatePublished - 2004


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