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date: 01 October 2020

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This articlediscusses archaeological evidence concerning the conditions and major developments in the Levant during the Babylonian Period. This period of less than seventy years is defined by political transitions, not substantial material cultural changes. The analysis indicates that the Babylonians seem little interested in the Levant other than as a source of natural and human plunder to be used in the rebuilding of Babylonia. The article suggests that it may be that the old Assyrian provinces and their governors, city states and vassal kingdoms which rendered regular tribute were left alone, but that those which rebelled were crushed, leaving only modest, often poor, resettlement afterwards.

Keywords: Levant, Babylonian Period, political transitions, Assyrian provinces, human plunder, vassal kingdoms

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