Monday, December 22, 2014

Bonus 65 - Nabonidus Chronicle

Nabonidus Chronicle
The Nabonidus Chronicle a part of the much larger Babylonian Chronicles which deals with the reign of Nabonidus the last Babylonian king. It spans the period of the Persian King Cyrus the Great to Cyrus's son Cambyses (556-539 BC) and is our primary source of information from this period.1.
Amélie Kuhrt describes it as "the most reliable and sober [ancient] account of the fall of Babylon."2.

  • 1. A. L. Oppenheim,  "The Babylonian Evidence of Achaemenian Rule in Mesopotamia," in  The Cambridge History of Iran: Vol. 2: The Median and Achaemenian periods. Edited by Gershevitch, Ilya (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), 535.
  • 2. Amélie Kuhrt, "Babylonia from Cyrus to Xerxes," in The Cambridge Ancient History: Persia, Greece, and the Western Mediterranean, C. 525-479 B.C. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 112-138.

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