The Hunter and the Asses: A Neo-Assyrian Paean Glorifying Shalmaneser III

  • 1 University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2 University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland


The present article gives a new edition and analysis of ‘The Hunter and the Asses’ (LKA 62) and discusses its political, historical and literary setting. We argue for the identification of the text as a paean, glorifying the campaigns of Shalmaneser III to the west against the coalition of 12 kings led by the king of Damascus.

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The journal publishes papers and reviews from the field of Ancient Eastern Philology, and religious, legal, economic and social history, together with Middle Eastern archaeology and art history. The main geographical areas covered are Mesopotamia, Northern Syria, Anatolia, Ancient Armenia and Elam.