The Assyrian period of Egyptian history is relatively neglected in the fields of both Egyptology and Assyriology. Moreover, the research that exists tends to narrowly focus on the Egyptian-Kushite side (the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Dynasties), on Lower Egypt, and on various historical-chronological issues. By contrast, this paper centers on the Assyrian side, on Upper Egypt, and on the ideological perspective in its seeking to describe the portrayal of Upper Egypt in Neo-Assyrian official inscriptions. Three ideological phases of Assyrian contact with Upper Egypt (specifically phases of exploration, conquest, and governing) and ten ideological themes (e.g., Upper Egypt as entrusted to the Assyrian kings, a conquered place, etc.) are identified, classified, and discussed in this case study in Neo-Assyrian imperial ideology.
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