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Foster, Before the Muses, I, Bethesda 1993, 209-229), and a heroic poem celebrating a particular campaign ofTiglath-pileser I (LKA 63), edited recently by Joan Goodnick Westenholz and Victor Hurowitz ("LKA 63: A Heroic Poem in Celebration ofTiglath-pileser I's Mu~ru-Qumanu Campaign;' /CS 42 [1990], 1-49). [327] PROPAGANDA, LITERATURE, HISTORIOGRAPHY 9 Assyrian royal epic of Tiglath-pileser I (LKA 62) ends with the following stanza: "Let me sing of the victory of Ashur the mighty who goes out to [combat], who triumphs over the cohorts of the earth.

121-128; H. Tadmor, "Sennacherib's Campaign to Judah: Historical and Historiographical Considerations;' Zion (1985), 65-80 (Hebrew); B. Oded, War, Peace and Empire: Justification of War in Assyrian Royal Inscriptions, Wiesbaden 1992. 13. 14. See P. ), Assyrian Royal Inscriptions, 225-258; M. Liverani, "Critique of Variants and the Titulary of Sennacherib;' ibid. K. Grayson, Assyrian Royal Inscriptions, II, Wiesbaden 1976, § 540 (Ashurnasirpal 11). [326) PROPAGANDA, LITERATURE, HISTORIOGRAPHY 7 plains of the mountains"; he conquers their cities, carries off their booty and burns, razes and destroys the enemy land.

44:67ff. "Creating a Political Climate: Literary Allusions to Enuma Elis in Sennacherib's Account of the Battle ofHalule;' in H. Hauptmann and H. ), Assyrien irn Wandel der Zeiten (Heidelberger Studien zum Alten Orient) RAI 39, Heidelberg 1997, 191-200. 8 PART 1: HISTORIOGRAPHY AND ROYAL IDEOLOGY IN ASSYRIA [327] The self-proclamatory image of the Assyrian king as sole supreme hero became the main signifier of the royal commemorative inscriptions. It was therefore natural that the king referred to these inscriptions as "a record of my powerful victory;' "a record of my triumphs in battle;' or "praise of Ashur and record of my own might:' 23 Shalmaneser I in the thirteenth century, addressing a future reader of his commemorative inscriptions, already refers self-consciously to this image: "In days to come, when the temple becomes old and dilapidated, let a future prince hear of my heroic deeds and recount the praise of my prowess:' 24 I have been emphasizing that the account of mighty royal deeds was considered to be the central topic of the ARI texts, but this is a somewhat onesided picture.

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