Two Aramaic cemeteries were unearthed in the fourth level while the fifth included remains of two houses fro the Middle Assyrian period
It may be suggested that by the Middle Assyrian period
it was widely established that the Istar cult was comprised of, among other attendants, effeminate men, so that a general term conveying the notion of male effeminacy was considered by the Assyrian scribes of the period to be suitable for describing any member of the cult of this goddess.
The Augustan threshold was crossed successfully, while parts of the conquered areas were integrated into the empire, namely on the basis of a well-functioning administrative system which had already been developed in the Middle Assyrian period
. In the history of empires the Assyrian world empire represents not merely a preliminary stage, but a type by itself: a world empire without a mission.
According to the cuneiform tablets, the Assyrian city which is located on the eastern bank of the Khabour river 70 kilometers from the city of Der el-Zor in northern Syria dates back to the Middle Assyrian period
, in the days of Shalmaneser I (1274-1245 BC) and Tukulti-Ninurta I (1244-1208 BC).
Historical surveys have been provided by Nicholas Postgate on developments through the Middle Assyrian period
, by Brigitte Lion on Assur under Mittannian domination, by Mauro Giorgieri on relations with the Hittites.
During the discussion of this paper at the 57th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale in Rome, the opinion was put forth that the Middle Assyrian provinces "emerged in stages." Interestingly, this view seems not to be represented among the specialists of the Middle Assyrian period
who have studied the provinces synchronically (see above).
75, 92-100, 129, 132) and her investigation of the possibility of continuities from earlier periods, via the Middle Assyrian Period
painting fragments preserved at Kar-Tukulti-Ninurta (thirteenth c.