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This article concerns the period 859 BC – 850 BC.
Events and trends edit
- 859 BC—Assurnasirpal II dies.
- 859 BC—Shalmaneser attacks Syria and Israel.
- 858 BC—Aramu becomes king of Urartu.
- 858 BC—Shalmaneser III succeeds Assurnasirpal II as king of Assyria.
- 854 BC or 853 BC—Shalmaneser III battles a Syrian coalition (including king Ahab of Kingdom of Israel and Hadadezer) in the battle of Qarqar.
- 850 BC—Takelot II succeeds Osorkon II as King of Egypt.
- c. 850 BC—Homer composes the Iliad and Odyssey.
- c. 850 BC—Mesha erects the Mesha Stele, the Moabite Stone; the story is 34 lines, nearly complete and reveals the name 'Israel', a story of Mesha's revolt against the Kingdom of ancient Israel.
- Nazarites and Rechabites establish early temperance movement.