In this chapter we will speak about the first babylonian war, the war on Elamites.
Although, Babylonians knew how to write they didn't have enough words to describe their history.
The stories became an oral tradition and were written down only after some centuries.
The written records of that time are limited to catalogues.
Some of them include weapons, others seem to refer to injured.
Historians do their best to reconstruct history from these few information.
The Legents have many exagerations, but we believe that the big picture is pretty accurate.
Babylonians managed to herd the animals in Euphrates, as they had full control over this river.
Although, Babylon's influence was expanding, it was limited to Tigris river.
The river was the natural border between Elamites and Babylonians.
At first both Elamites and Babylonians were afraid to show dominance near the river.
They were afraid of attrocities and didn't want to provoke.
However, the most fertile Babylonian lands were near Tigris.
Babylon started to develop the area, although respecting the common border.
Elamites seeing that Babylonians started to develop the river, they decided to do the same.
Somehow the first tensions appeared.
Sumu declared war on Elam.
The legent says that Elamites kidnapped illegaly Mesopotamian citizents and forced them to work near Tigris.
Hence, Sumu declared the war to liberate them.
We don't know the Elamite opinion on the incident, but we can clearly see a hate against Babylonians in their later legents.
The first battle was a decisive Babylonian victory.
According to the legent, Babylonians fough against 10 times more men.
Modern historian tend to doupt the numbers.
Some even doupt if there was any battle at all, because Babylonians had no casuallities, which is very strange for ancient battles.
The Legent said it was gods' will.
The liberated Babylonians could now return back to their homeland.
They came to the other side of Tigris and built their own homes.
Elamites didn't like the righfull actions of Babylonians.
They wanted revange and designed an invasion chasing the newly liberated.
Babylonians camped in the other bank preparing for the assault and evacuated the south region.
Elamites passed the bank from the north side and headed to Babylon.
The battle would be a siege.
The battle was tough and the city fulled with blood.
Babylonians fought for their home, their freedom and their right to be free of Elamite influence.
Babylonians won, the elamite army destroyed completely.
The gods had spoken.
Elamites were angry but could do nothing but accept the righteous Babylonian victory.
Elamites never bothered Babylon again.
Tigris became the final border and no side doupted it.
However, they had regular troops near the bank to protect themselves from invasions.