The Reign of Adad-nīrārī III

An Historical and Ideological Analysis of An Assyrian King and His Times


In The Reign of Adad-nīrārī III, Luis Siddall examines the evidence and edits new inscriptions from the king’s reign to investigate the chronology, campaigns, imperial administration and royal ideology of the period. While historians have typically viewed this period as one of turmoil, imperial recession, political weakness and decentralisation, Siddall shows that Adad-nīrārī’s reign marked a period of imperial stability, chiefly through changes to the administration. However, while politically successful, the imperial policy affected the king’s ideological expression, particularly in terms of the description of the campaigns in Adad-nīrārī's inscriptions and his limited use of royal titles.

"Scholars working on the Neo-Assyrian period cannot afford to miss Siddall's fresh assessment of the evidence for Adad-nirari's reign. He offers a re-evaluation of several texts but perhaps more importantly, he proposes a few methodological innovations that shed new light on the history of Assyria in the 9th century." Bill T. Arnold (Asbury Theological Seminary)

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Luis Robert Siddall, Ph. D. (2011), SOAS, the University of London, is a History Master at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School. He has published articles in scholarly journals on Assyrian history, historiography, biblical studies and the Amarna Letters.
'Siddall’s command over the material is impressive, as he is able to draw out the main points of contention, identifying strengths and weaknesses of previous hypotheses, often suggesting innovative and well-argued solutions. The book is much more than a study of Adad-nīrārī III and its value lies in a great part in the fact that it is a synthesis of all available primary evidence and secondary literature for this period. Siddall’s prose is accessible and compelling, and his use of a list format to lay out major arguments or problems, especially when the material is particularly complicated, ensures that those not familiar with the material will easily follow his discussions. (...) The author is commended for providing a succinct yet comprehensive work and a much-needed contribution to the field of Neo-Assyrian studies."
- Sh. Zaia, New Haven, in Archiv für Orientforschung 54 (2021)
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Chapter One: Chronological Issues
Chapter Two: The Extent of the Empire
Chapter Three: Royal Authority and the Dynamics of Power
Chapter Four: Early Neo-Assyrian Royal Ideology (934–810 BCE)
Chapter Five: The Royal Ideology of Adad-nīrārī III
Appendix A: Edition of the Tell Shiekh Hamad Stele
Appendix B: Score of the Calah Slabs
All who are interested in the history of the Ancient Near East and the Neo-Assyrian period in particular.
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