chapter  V
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Th e cuneiform tablets-letters to and from Assyrian and Babylonian kings, letters exchanged between princes, vassals, and viceroys, and letters from anonymous members of society-these texts have built up a picture of a series of events considered important by the men of old, events that give us a glimpse of the course of history in ancient Mesopotamia. The picture may be described as flickering and kaleidoscopic; the arrangement of the assorted contributions in a definite order of development is uncertain. But seldom does the picture stand out clearly before our eyes.