The Arrows of the Sun: Armed Forces in Sippar in the First Millennium BC
Dresden: ISLET, 2012 pp. viii + 135. Ä40.00
Babylonische Archive, 4
Description: From the introduction: "The major city temples of the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid empires held an important place in the economy of Babylonia. Their extensive estates and careful administration combined into an effective instrument for the generation of wealth. This wealth brought both the need to defend their possessions and the duty to supply manpower to centralised state operations, civil and military. Temple workshops were accordingly involved in the production and maintenance of equipment. One of these cities was Sippar, and even though its Ebabbara may have been at the smaller end of the scale, its archives nevertheless give some idea of the way in which the temple resourced manpower in order to meet both its own domestic needs and to provide contingents for the use of the state. In this work we will review the evidence for the different branches of the militia present in Sippar (infantry, cavalry, chariotry), the social ranks from which they were drawn, how they were organised, their chain of command, and the economic and manufacturing base which supported these units." With copies of the cuneiform texts by Cornelia Wunsch.
Subjects: Methods, Linguistics, Akkadian, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History
Review by Russell Mack
Citation: Russell Mack, review of John MacGinnis, The Arrows of the Sun: Armed Forces in Sippar in the First Millennium BC, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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