The Ancient History of the East; From the Earliest Times to the Conquest by Alexander the Great

The Ancient History of the East; From the Earliest Times to the Conquest by Alexander the Great

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...submission and tribute; but she punished open rebellion with a ferocity which utterly alienated her subjects. While all were thus destitute of any bond of willing union, some of those nearest to the seat of government were animated with the spirit, and possessed the power, of perpetual resistance. Even at the rare times when the rival kingdom of Babylon was really subdued, the Chaldaans and Elamites were ever ready to renew the contest in their marshes. Almost every Assyrian king had to fight again and again with the Aramaeans on the middle Euphrates, and with the mountaineers of Armenia and Zagrus. And, beyond the latter range, the victories which are claimed over the Medes may often but attest the increasing pressure of the Aryan tribes that were gathering on this frontier of Assyria. A king who indulged in luxury, to the neglect of military expeditions, at once invited rebellion in the provinces and invasion on the frontiers; and it was quite possible, as Herodotus puts it, that, at the very height of apparent prosperity, he might find himself standing alone, deserted by his allies, and left bare before his enemies. The crisis, which so soon followed the splendid reign of Asshur-bani-pal, appears to have been hastened by a fresh Aryan migration into Media; and their attack on the eastern frontier perhaps found Assyria weakened by the inroads of those very Scythians who interrupted the progress of the Medes. The renewed assault of the latter appears to have coincided with - Eiffleb.' Cbron. Arm.' para I. c. ix. (ed. Mai), bnt the better version is given by Aucber. There is the less difficulty about the substltu Hun of A$tyaga for Cyaxma, aa the former appears to have been a title of the Median kings (see chap. lix. 9). Respecting the name...show more

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  • English
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  • 9781236558480