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And amply on the most 9. After dwelling so long important and distinctive feature of the Assyrian rethe the conception and worship of Asshur, ligion, rest of the pantheon can be considered in very few words, since it is mainly unchanged from the Babylonian, and only a few deviations have to be pointed out. In the first place, Gibil, the Fire-god, is heard THE RISE OF ASSHUR. of 1 7 Jhen Bel-Marduk, transformed from no more. the benevolently busy Meridug, so dear to old ShuBel-Marduk, the chief and tutelary deity of mir, the later Chaldean empire and of the great Babylon, where his temple was reckoned and long remembered as one of the wonders of the world, had to be content in the sister kingdom with a very secondary Very position, that of ruler of the planet Jupiter.

KHETAS, whom we know from the Bible as 29 HlTTlTES a great and powerful people, spreading over an im'mense territory, far beyond the bounds of the lands thus far surveyed, and who were reachthe height of their glory just as Assyria began ing It is always the to emerge from insignificance. we have Khetas against whom the Pharaohs' expeditions are principally directed, and from whom they encounter and the most heroic and well-regulated resistance the Khetas defeat (cV them, though they generally are the only enemies with whom they occasionally treat on equal terms, and whom they mention with ; The coalirespect, as foes worthy of themselves.

37 pectedly thrown on a vast tract of ancient history hitherto obscure and utterly neglected. 22. From their position, the Khatti, or Hittites, were the natural foes of Assyria formidable neighbors to a rising power, obnoxious to an ambitious one. Accordingly, they were the first against whom the young but already aggressive nation tested its weapons. , see p. 21) directed short grandson expeditions to the west and north-west of Nineveh, to against mountain tribes, who were either Hittite outposts or closely adjoined the territory of the His successors followed the same impulse, only they pushed further into the mountains and descended lower southward, not only firmly es.

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