Iraq 1000 BCE

The kingdoms of Assyria and Babylon have been greatly weakened by invasions from nomadic tribes.

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What is happening in Iraq in 1000BCE

For the past couple of hundred years the people of ancient Mesopotamia have experienced tremendous upheavals. The powerful Bronze Age kingdoms of Babylonia, Assyria and Elam have been overthrown or greatly weakened by the incursion of Aramean and other nomadic peoples into Mesopotamia.

Amongst these, a semi-nomadic people called the Chaldeans have settled southern Mesopotamia, the ancient heartland of the Sumerians, and have formed a strong kingdom in Babylonia. Elam has been destroyed by incoming Iranian peoples such as the Medes and the Persians. Assyria has been hard pressed, at times almost overrun; it has only managed to survive by organizing itself along more militaristic lines.

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