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This articleexamines the relationship of the Assyrians and the Babylonians of Mesopotamia with the people of the Levant. It presents documentary evidence showing how these two groups attempted to control the Levantthrough various means including military and diplomatic endeavours, and manipulation via control of local rulers. The article describes the period of initial Assyrian expansionand its apogee in the Levant, followed shortly afterwards by Babylonian domination of the region. It also analyses how the Levantine situation compares with other regions that formed part of the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires.
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