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Book: First Civilizations

Chapter: 6 The Assyrians

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.18659


This chapter looks at how the Assyrians, a small 'nation' of farmers and herders on the upper Tigris river, were able to exploit a power vacuum caused by disarray among the traditional powers of the region and become a major force. The chapter covers their rise and fall. Topics discussed:

- Assyrian warfare

- Assurnasirpal II

- hunting wild animals

- civil war and decline

- administrative reforms under Tiglath-pileser III

- problems in the south

- the Sargonid Kings

- Sennacherib and Babylon

- Nineveh at the time of Sennacherib

- the conquest of Egypt

- Assurbanipal, zenith of power and the collapse of Assyria

- the great revolt

- Assyria on the defensive

- the library of Assurbanipal

Chapter Contributors

  • Robert Chadwick ( - book-auth-70) 'Bishop's University'