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  1. Were the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel Ever Lost?

    ... kings of Israel were too busy fighting amongst themselves. Syria, to the northwest of Assyria, was not a threat to Assyrian expansion ... kingdoms of the former Hittite empire. Turning back south to Syria and then heading west to the city-states of Phoenicia, he subdued the ...

    Cam Rea - 27/08/2017 - 13:56

  2. Skeletons and Sarcophagi: Was This Newly Discovered Tomb Made for a Family of Elite Ancient Assyrians?

    ... M. Amin ) The neo-Assyrian’s home base was in Syria and Iraq between the Great Zab and Lesser Zab rivers at the foothills of ...

    Mark Miller - 29/03/2017 - 23:02

  3. Hunting the Lions: The Last King of Assyria, and the Death of the Empire – Part II

    The Assyrian empire, with the death of King Ashurbanipal, was collapsing under the weight of politics and war. Kingdoms and leaders previously held in Assyria’s great grasp fell upon the vulnerable empire, retaking land and gaining power.

    Cam Rea - 15/12/2016 - 02:31

  4. The Powerful Assyrians, Rulers of Empires

    Much of Assyria's history is closely tied to its southern neighbor, Babylonia. The two Mesopotamian empires spoke similar languages and worshipped most of the same gods. They were often rivals on the battlefield for influence in the ancient Middle East.

    The history of Assyria spans mainly from about 2000 BC, when the cities of Nineveh and Calah were founded, to the destruction of Nineveh in 606 BC.

    ancient-origins - 09/10/2016 - 14:49

  5. $31 Million Assyrian Relief is Causing a Great International Controversy

    ... during his reign conquered a large area of modern Turkey and Syria. Detail of stele of Ashur-nasir-pal II in the British Museum, ...

    Ed Whelan - 01/11/2018 - 17:56

  6. British Museum Decided Against Uniting a Cursed Assyrian Stele and Bad Luck Fell to the Police

    ... was found in 1879 in Dur-Katlimmu (modern Sheikh Hamad) in Syria. It was formed in basalt to commemorate a military achievement of King ... regarding when or how the stele fragment had left Syria. They only reported the artifact as having been gifted “from father to ...

    aprilholloway - 10/02/2018 - 22:11

  7. Archaeologists Uncovered an Archive that Narrates Ancient Assyria’s Fall

    A group of archaeologists digging at the site of Ziyaret Tepe in southeastern Turkey, has uncovered a unique cuneiform tablet that narrates a tale of exasperation and disappointment reported by an ancient Assyrian official.

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 18/12/2017 - 22:56

  8. 3,000-Year-Old Ain Dara Temple in Syria Reduced to Rubble by Turkish Airstrikes

    ... and cultural sites in Efrin, one of the richest areas in Syria.” Video of destroyed site: Most Important Monument ... recognized as one of the most important monuments built in Syria by the Syro-Hittites or Neo-Hittites, an ancient Northwest Semitic tribal ...

    aprilholloway - 01/02/2018 - 18:49

  9. Ancient Syria: Another Cradle of Civilization?

    ... such as Tell Brak were already being built in ancient Syria at the same time. This has led some archaeologists to suggest that ... or simultaneously in the north, suggesting that ancient Syria is another center where civilization emerged independently, alongside ...

    Caleb Strom - 16/01/2017 - 00:51

  10. The Iron Army: Assyria - Terrifying Military of the Ancient World - Part I

    Before the famed Persian Empire, whose borders spanned from India to Thrace, there was another empire—the Assyrians. The Assyrian Empire, while much smaller than the future Persian Empire to come, made up for its lack of territorial mass with a well-greased, organized fighting machine.

    Cam Rea - 29/10/2016 - 02:37

  11. The Iron Army: Assyria - Deadly and Effective Siege Machine - Part II

    Assyrian sappers (soldiers for building, demolitions, general construction) would approach the walls possibly under the cover of shield bears, the same type that protected the archers one could suspect. If they had no such protection, the Assyrian king made sure his specialized troop had the armor needed to get the job done.

    Cam Rea - 01/11/2016 - 00:59

  12. Nabopolassar: The Rebel Ruler of Babylonia Who Had the Gods on His Side

    Nabopolassar was the founder of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, which existed between the 7th and 6th centuries BC. But the Neo-Assyrians that were losing power at the time didn’t make his rise easy. If the rebel ruler wanted to gain control he’d have to fight for it. Thankfully for him, the gods were apparently on his side.

    dhwty - 22/08/2018 - 14:00

  13. The Assyrians: The History of the Most Prominent Empire of the Ancient Near East

    When scholars study the history of the ancient Near East, several wars that had extremely brutal consequences (at least by modern standards) often stand out. Forced removal of entire populations, sieges that decimated entire cities, and wanton destruction of property were all tactics used by the various peoples of the ancient Near East against each other, but the Assyrians were the first people to make war a science.

    ancient-origins - 15/09/2017 - 21:23

  14. Hunting the Lions: A Dead King, and a Collapsing Assyrian Empire – Part I

    The fall of Assyria was with a whimper and in no way ended with a bang. Instead, it ended in a slow, agonizing death. Ashurbanipal, Assyria's last great king, ascended the throne only to inherit a storm forming on the horizon. From the time he became king until his death, wars and revolts were commonplace throughout his empire. One could easily speculate that Ashurbanipal in fact died from pure exhaustion due to the series of wars he led. His army was stretched, exhausted, and depleted from conducting military operations.

    Cam Rea - 13/12/2016 - 02:05

  15. Khaled Al-Asaad: Hero of Palmyra Slaughtered for Protecting the Ancient Treasures of Syria

    ... of the museum. Zenobia, the Warrior Queen of Palmyra, Syria Erasing History: Why Islamic State is Blowing Up Ancient Artifacts ... over his city from the Syrian regime. Palmyra, Syria. (James Gordon/ CC BY 2.0 ) Takeover of Palmyra by ISIS As ...

    Caleb Strom - 19/08/2018 - 18:58

  16. The Man who Assyria Feared: Demon Gallu and King of the Universe

    In 660 BCE, mighty Assyria was about to be shaken. A Scythian named Dugdammi united many nomadic tribes into a confederation. This nomadic confederation pushed at the borders of Assyria which so frightened King Ashurbanipal that they felt Assyria had finally met its equal. 

    Cam Rea - 31/12/2016 - 02:21

  17. Mesopotamian Ghostbusters: The Evil Acts of Assyrian Ghosts and How They Were Vanquished

    Assyria, like Mesopotamia in general, has always excited the Western imagination. Assyrian beliefs about the spiritual world are no exception. The Assyrians believed that ghosts could return from the afterlife if not properly buried or if they had suffered a traumatic or unnatural death to haunt, harass, and even possess the living. Elaborate exorcisms had to be performed to expel or drive away the malevolent ghosts.

    Caleb Strom - 22/12/2017 - 18:53

  18. Ninurta: God of War and Agriculture

    Ninurta was a Mesopotamian deity associated with war, agriculture, and the scribal arts. He could be thought of as a defender of civilization against chaos. Ninurta was originally revered in southern Mesopotamia and later in the north under the Assyrian kings. He remained a prominent deity until the fall of the Assyrian Empire. His primary symbol was the plow.

    Caleb Strom - 27/10/2018 - 18:52

  19. Discovery of a 4,000-year-old military network in northern Syria

    The discovery of more than a thousand sites in Syria has revised our understanding of the settlement of the steppes during all ... The discovery of more than a thousand sites in Syria has revised our understanding of the settlement of the steppes during all ...

    ancient-origins - 27/12/2017 - 01:56

  20. Make Way for the Powerful Assyrian Kings: The History of the Message-Laden Balawat Gates

    Over the years, researchers uncovered some remarkable Assyrian gates which led to different areas in the ancient city of Imgur-Enlil, now called Balawat, in Iraq. The huge gates were built during the times of the powerful Assyrian kings Ashurnasirpal II and Shalmaneser III. These two kings reigned between 883 and 824 BC and their authority provided one of the greatest periods in the history of Assyria. What was it like to pass through the elaborately decorated gates that were used by such influential ancient kings?

    Natalia Klimczak - 30/12/2016 - 03:55