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This article investigates the role of two distinct groups of advisors to the Assyrian king and their impact on royal decision-making: the highest state officials or magnates and scholarly experts in the royal entourage. The magnates comprised a set of about 100–120 men who formed the backbone of the Assyrian Empire, instrumental in its creation and indispensable to its maintenance. The scholars served to monitor and interpret divine messages and to perform the rituals necessary to keep the precious relationship with the divine powers in balance.
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