Statue of Idrimi of Alalakh

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 10 April 2016
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The associated cuneiform inscription tell the interesting story of this king. Following a popular revolt, Idrimi was forced to go into exile. Together with his mother's family, he went 1st to Emar (Meskene on the Euphrates), and then to Canaan where he joined other refugees from Syria and lived with Habiru (homeless or dispossessed people of various ethnic origins). Seven years later, he mounted an expedition by ship and recaptured the district of Mukish and was acclaimed king of Alalakh. There, he extended the kingdom and set to work rebuilding the royal palace. It seems likely, however, that this work was completed by his son, Niqmepa, whose temple and palace complex constitued Stratum IV. From level V, Tell Atchana, Hatay, Turkey. Circa 1570-1500 BCE. (The British Museum, London)

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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