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Appalaya was "the king of the Zari people". His name is known from texts which were discovered in the acropolis of Susa.[1] These texts are attributed to the first quarter of the 6th century BC.[2] This name is very similar to Aplāya, grandson of Marduk-apal-iddina II, king of Babylon who was deported from Elam by Humban-nikash II. It is, however, likely that his tribe was from an Aramaean or Chaldean origin, who were inhabitants of southwestern Khuzistan.[3]


  1. ^ Tavernier, 2004.
  2. ^ Vallat, 1998.
  3. ^ Henkelman, 2003; Tavernier, 2004.