[First posted in AWOL 24 December 2017, updated18 April 2022]
The Kassite dynasty, which came to power after the raid on Babylon by the Hittites, reigned over Babylonia for several centuries (ca. 1570 - 1155). Building on developments in the preceding Old Babylonian period, Babylonia developed into a territorial state with remarkable political stability. Kassite kings played an important role in the international politics of the time, maintaining diplomatic contacts with the world powers of the day in the capitals of Egypt, Hatti, Mitanni and Assyria.