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In light of the omens cited above, Esarhaddon appears to make a mantically powerful case for the divinely ordained legitimacy of his reign.
By establishing that the gods have mantically shown their support for Esarhaddon's reign, the king is presenting himself as the uncontested, divinely approved monarch.
The diviners in the king's employ were charged to observe and report anything that could be mantically significant, and this often included phenomena that were inauspicious.