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The Role of Naqia / Zakutu in Sargonid Politics

Sarah Melville

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The Role of Naqia / Zakutu in Sargonid Politics

Sarah Melville

There are more sources for Naqia/Zakutu, the mother of Esarhaddon and grandmother of Assurbanipal, than for all other Sargonid royal women combined. This work constitutes a reevaluation of these sources with an eye to determining which of the modern myths about this woman are supported by the sources and which are mere speculation. Specific suggestions about the part played by Naqia/Zakutu in her son’s overall plan for his empire are linked to form a coherent picture of her role as queen mother.

 

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There are more sources for Naqia/Zakutu, the mother of Esarhaddon and grandmother of Assurbanipal, than for all other Sargonid royal women combined. This work constitutes a reevaluation of these sources with an eye to determining which of the modern myths about this woman are supported by the sources and which are mere speculation. Specific suggestions about the part played by Naqia/Zakutu in her son’s overall plan for his empire are linked to form a coherent picture of her role as queen mother.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

CONVENTIONS

ABBREVIATIONS

ILLUSTRATIONS

INTRODUCTION

Sources

Antecendents to Power: Naqia as Queen

Image as Political Tool: Making the Queen Mother an Authority Figure

The Political Status of the Queen Mother

The Zakutu treaty as the culmination of Naqia’s Political Career

CONCLUSION

APPENDIX A: Documentary Evidence for Naqia/Zakutu

APPENDIX B: The Queen Mother’s Household and Economic Obligations

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEXES

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