Sargon II Basalt Stele

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Ronnie Jones III
published on 31 March 2016
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This embossed human head stele is believed to be Sargon II (reigned 722-705 BCE) "who was one of the most important kings of the Neo-Assyrian Empire as founder of the Sargonid Dynasty." He is the father of Sennacherib (reigned 705-681 BCE), perhaps the most recognizable Assyrian King due to his role in the Old Testament narratives (II Kings, II Chronicles, and Isaiah). This embossed basalt stone carving is housed at the Sanliurfa Archeological Museum in Sanliurfa, Turkey.

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Ronnie Jones III
In university Ronnie concentrated his studies on the Greco-Roman world while writing his senior thesis on the Reformation. He has studied Koine Greek and Hebrew at the masters level, and is currently studying Turkish.

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III, R. J. (2016, March 31). Sargon II Basalt Stele. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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III, Ronnie Jones. "Sargon II Basalt Stele." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 31, 2016.

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III, Ronnie Jones. "Sargon II Basalt Stele." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 31 Mar 2016. Web. 27 Jul 2021.