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GODS AND GODDESSES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD: Assur (God of the Assyrians) 



ASSUR (also Ashur, Anshar) is the god of the Assyrians who was elevated from a local deity of the city of Ashur to the supreme god of the Assyrian pantheon. The Assyrian Empire, like the later empire of the Romans, had a great talent for borrowing from other cultures. This penchant is illustrated clearly in the figure of Assur whose character and attributes draw on the Sumerian and Babylonian gods.


Assur’s family and history are modeled on the Sumerian Anu and Enlil and the Babylonian Marduk; his power and attributes mirror Anu’s, Enlil’s, and Marduk’s as do details of his family: Assur’s wife is Ninlil (Enlil’s wife) and his son is Nabu (Marduk’s son). Assur had no actual history of his own, such as those created for Sumerian and Babylonian gods but borrowed from these other myths to create a supreme deity whose worship, at its height, was almost monotheistic.


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Article by Joshua J. Mark || Photos © by Osama S.M. Amin & The Trustees of the British Museum on AHE




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