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Kandalanu the Chaldean (?)

Publication date: Feb 04, 2013 11:05 AM

Start: Feb 12, 2013 06:00 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Dr Jacob Dahl

The Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by Jacob Dahl (University of Oxford) at the Institute on 12 February.

Titled ‘Kandalanu the Chaldean (?)’, Dr Dahl's lecture will revisit on of the more interesting yet unresolved puzzles of the Ancient Near East, the question of the identity of Kandalanu, the last king of Babylon under Assyrian hegemony.  The few sources from his reign have been studied for almost a century since it was first suggested that Kandalanu and Assurbanipal were the same person, but no conclusive answer to his identity has yet emerged. Are our sources faulty or incomplete, or does the problem lie in the questions we ask of them?

Dr Dahl will propose a new paradigm for understanding Assyrian-Babylonian relations in the dying days of the Assyrian empire, and offer a surprising solution to the puzzle.

Jacob is a specialist in the pre-Classical cultures and languages of the Near East. He has written on early Babylonian socio-economic history, early Near Eastern writing systems, and Sumerian literature. He is currently working on the decipherment of proto-Elamite, the last undeciphered writing system from the Ancient Near East with a substantial number of sources.

Admission free without ticket.

Please direct all queries about this event to the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society (AIAS) on 020 8349 5754.