Re: CHAT: reign names
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 21, 2004, 18:18|
> Thomas Wier wrote:
> > Heck, if Sargon II of Assyria (r. 722-705 BC) can be called
> > thus because of Sargon I the Great of Akkad (r. 2371-2315 BC), I
> > suppose anything can happen.
> Hm? I seem recall recently to've read words to the effect that Sargon
> of Akkad reached such fame that _two_ Assyrian kings adopted his name.
> There was no Sargon III of Assyria, so I've assumed there was a Sargon
> I of Assyria sometime between Sargon of Akkad and Sargon II.
There is indeed a Sargon I of Assyria, but he belongs to a period when
Assyria was a vassal of Babylon, and it is not even known
how long he reigned; it was around the time of Hamurabi. I was
given to understand (and this may be wrong) that by the time of Sargon II
of Assyria, over a thousand years later, it was the first Sargon that
was really salient, and that Sargon II conscientiously took that throne
name to echo the Great One's martial glory. But I suppose the question
is ambiguous; I'm not even sure the Assyrians used regnal numbers.
Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally,
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