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date: 21 August 2019

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Assyria’s interactions with western Iran are well attested in Assyrian cuneiform sources. This chapter focuses in particular on Assyria’s interactions with Media, beginning with Tiglath-pileser III’s establishment of the provinces of Parsua and Bit-Hamban in 744 BC. Some Median strongholds were converted into Assyrian centers. Evidence from the reign of Sargon II is treated. Archaeological sites, such as Tepe Giyan, Najafehabad, Godin Tepe, and Tepe Nush-e Jan, are discussed. The nature of Assyrian provincial administration in western Iran is explored.

Keywords: Assyria, Media, Parsua, Bit-Hamban, Tiglath-pileser III, Sargon II, Najafehabad, Tepe Giyan, Godin Tepe, Tepe Nush-e Jan

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