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Authored by: Trevor Bryce , Heather D. Baker , Daniel T. Potts , Jonathan N. Tubb , Jennifer M. Webb , Paul Zimansky

The Routledge Handbook of the Peoples and Places of Ancient Western Asia

Print publication date:  July  2009
Online publication date:  September  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415394857
eBook ISBN: 9780203875506
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Paddira Iron Age fortified city located in the upper Diyala/Zagros region in the northeastern Mesopotamian–northwestern Iranian borderlands. The city fell to the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III during his campaign in the region in his sixteenth regnal year (843) (*RIMA 3: 40). Shalmaneser refers to the city as a possession of Ianziburiash, ruler of Allabria (q.v.). In 827 a man of Paddira called Artasari paid tribute to Shalmaneser’s commander-in-chief Dayyan-Ashur while the latter was campaigning in the region (*RIMA 3: 70), thus saving Paddira from a further Assyrian attack. Shalmaneser’s son and successor Shamshi-Adad V calls Paddira a city of the Nairi lands; it is one of the places cited by him in describing the furthest reaches of Assyria (*RIMA 3: 183).


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