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a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Claudia Horst
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker, Jamie Novotny
Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Jan 31, 2018 10:07 AM History
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A city founded by the Assyrian palace herald Bēl-Harrān-bēlu-uṣur in the mid-8th century B.C. The discovery of a stele there identifies ancient Dūr-Bēl-Harrān-bēlu-uṣur with modern Tell ʿAbṭa (Tell Abtah).

Base map by Ryan M. Horne for Pleiades and the Ancient World Mapping Center (ancient terrain after the Barrington Atlas). Map interaction design and implementation by Sean Gillies, David Glick, Alec Mitchell, and Tom Elliott for Pleiades.

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An inscribed stele of the Assyrian official Bēl-Harrān-bēlu-uṣur was discovered at Tell ʿAbṭa (Tell Abtah). The Akkadian inscription written on it records that the palace herald of the king of Assyria (Shalmaneser IV and later Tiglath-pileser III) founded a new city named after himself: Dūr-Bēl-Harrān-bēlu-uṣur, which means "Fort Bēl-Harrān-bēlu-uṣur." The creation of the city took place during Shalmaneser IV's reign.

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Claudia Horst, Jeffrey Becker, and Jamie Novotny, 'Dur-Bel-Harran-belu-uṣur: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 05 August 2020]

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