Geographical sites:

  • Assyria (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #29492)
    Pleiades_icon (As)Syria region Geocontext: Barrington Atlas grid 3 C2
    Description: An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 3 C2 (As)Syria
  • Dur-Sharrukin (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #874458)
    Pleiades_icon Dur-Sharrukin settlement Geocontext: Khorsabad IRQ
    Description: Dur-Sharrukin, the present Khorsabad, was capital of Assyria during the reign of Sargon II and was built in the late eighth century BC. Upon Sargon's death the capital was moved south to Nineveh.


Text #3769

Hermann Hunger. Astrologial reports to Assyrian Kings
[p. 8]

8. Earthquakes in Adar and Nisan1

Concerning the earthquake about which the king2 [my lo]rd wrote to me3; this [is its interpretation]:

If the earth keeps[quaking]: attack of [an enemy].

If the earth quakes at night: wor[ry for the land, variant: abandonment of the land].

  1. This tablet is dated to March 656 BC.

  2. Assurbanipal, King of Assyria.

  3. The scribe Issar-šumu-ereš.

Text #3770

Ambraseys. Earthquakes in the Mediterranean and Middle East
[p. 79]

An earthquake in the Assyrian city of Dur-Sharrukin, northeast of Nineveh, did not cause any serious damage1. A letter to King Ashurbanipal (?) (669–c. 627 BC) records that the city of Dur-Sharrukin was struck by an earthquake. However, none of the public buildings were damaged (Waterman L. Royal Correspondance of the Assyrian Empire, 1930, No 191). Dur-Sharrukin, modern Khorsabad, was about 15 miles northeast of Nineveh and about 30 miles north of Nimrud.

‘To the king my lord, your servant Kisir-Ashur. May it be well with the king my lord. From the city of Nilkia I have come to the city of Dur- Sharrukin, (and) they inform me that an earthquake took place in the city of Dur-Sharrukin on the ninth day of the month Adar. The king my lord will at once speak saying, “Is there any structure whatsoever (left) in the fortress?” It is well with the mausoleum, the temple towers, the palace, the fortress (and) with the houses of the entire city. May the heart of the king my lord be of very goodcheer.’ (Waterman L. Royal Correspondance of the Assyrian Empire, 1930, No 191)

  1. Another letter to king Assurbanipal records an earthquake during his reign in the city of Dur-Sharrukin in March.

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