The Cimmerians in the Assyrian Documents


TOPTAŞ K.

GAZI AKADEMIK BAKIS-GAZI ACADEMIC VIEW, vol.14, no.27, pp.31-60, 2020 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 27
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Title of Journal : GAZI AKADEMIK BAKIS-GAZI ACADEMIC VIEW
  • Page Numbers: pp.31-60

Abstract

The Cimmerians, a migrant-settler group began to migrate towards the south and the west following their displacement from their homeland by the Scythians. Those Cimmerians who migrated to the south came to the borders of Urartu and Assyria and began to threat both states. Especially the Urartian kings found themselves in a difficult situation against the Cimmerians. However, soon these warriors turned their direction to the Assyrian Empire and started attacking its borders. Thus, their activities attracted the attention of Assyria and the Assyrian documents started to inform about them. The Assyrian documents are of great value as they contribute to the mapping of the geographical area where the Cimmerians spread and the clarification of their history. The mentioning of Cimmerians in the Assyrian documents as an enemy to be feared is a proof of their power in the Near East.