Sites & cities that bear the name of Terqa


Today in : Syrian Arab Republic
First trace of activity : ca. 30th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 9th century B.C.E
Recorded names : Sirqu , Tell Ashara

Description : Terqa is the name of an ancient city discovered at the site of Tell Ashara on the banks of the middle Euphrates in Deir ez-Zor Governorate, Syria, approximately 80 km from the modern border with Iraq and 40 miles north of the ancient site of Mari, Syria. Its name had become Sirqu by Neo-Assyrian times. Little is yet known of the early history of Terqa, though it was a sizable entity even in the Early Dynastic period. In the 2nd millennium BC it was under the control of Shamshi-Adad, followed by Mari in the time of Zimri-Lim, and then by Babylon after Mari's defeat by Hammurabi of the First Babylonian dynasty, Terqa became the leading city of the kingdom of Khana after the decline of Babylon. Later, it fell into the sphere of the Kassite dynasty of Babylon and eventually the Neo-Assyrian Empire. A noted stele of Assyrian king Tukulti-Ninurta II was found at Terqa. The principal god of Terqa was Dagan.

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