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The Middle Assyrian Empire (c. 1365 - 1000 BCE)
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The Middle Assyrian Empire (c. 1365 - 1000 BCE)

A map illustrating the political situation in the Ancient Near East around the first half of the second millennium BCE as Assyria reestablished its independence and broke Mitanni power in conjunction with the Hittites. Moreover, the Assyrians...
Neo-Assyrian Empire
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Neo-Assyrian Empire

Map of the Neo-Assyrian Empire and its expansions.
Babylonian City under Assyrian Siege
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Babylonian City under Assyrian Siege

Date palms indicate that the city, most of which was on an adjacent slab, was probably Babylonia. The Assyrians have built a siege ramp against the walls, which they attack with a battering ram. An enemy archer is being killed beside a palm...
Mesopotamian Effects on Israel During the Iron Age
Article by Benjamin T. Laie

Mesopotamian Effects on Israel During the Iron Age

The Iron Age in the traditional Ancient Near Eastern chronology ranges from somewhere around 1200 BCE to 333 BCE. It begins from the era when it was first thought iron came to be used up to the ascendency of Alexander the Great as the major...
Basalt Column from Ashur
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Basalt Column from Ashur

A number of basalt columns and their fragments were uncovered during archaeological excavations at the "Row of Stelae" at the city of Ashur. These were brought to the city as part of an important booty. The cuneiform inscriptions on this...
Stone Tablet of Queen Yaba
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Stone Tablet of Queen Yaba

This stone tablet was found in a niche into the right-hand wall of the space leading to the burial chamber of Tomb II (one of the vaulted burial chambers of the so-called Queens' Tombs inside the North-West Palace at Nimrud). The cuneiform...
Assyrian Courtiers Carrying the King's Throne
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Assyrian Courtiers Carrying the King's Throne

This gypsum wall panel depicts a procession of Assyrian courtiers and eunuchs carrying the King's throne; only the anterior part of the decorated throne's pole survives. This scene represents a remarkable development in the Assyrian art as...
Mesopotamia
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia (from the Greek, meaning 'between two rivers') was an ancient region located in the eastern Mediterranean bounded in the northeast by the Zagros Mountains and in the southeast by the Arabian Plateau, corresponding to modern-day...
Dur-Sharrukin
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Dur-Sharrukin

Dur-Sharrukin (modern Khorsabad, Iraq) was a city built by Sargon II of Assyria (r. 722-705 BCE) as his new capital between 717-706 BCE. The name means Fortress of Sargon and the building project became the king's near obsession as soon as...
Tushpa
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Tushpa

Tushpa, later known as Van, was the capital of the Urartu kingdom of ancient Armenia, eastern Turkey, and western Iran from the 9th to 6th century BCE. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Van in modern Turkey, the city was a fortress site...
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