As mentioned earlier, much of Assyria’s rise was due to the availability of natural resources. Their armor allowed them to easily overpower the entire Fertile Crescent along with much of the surrounding areas. The Assyrians soon reached the top of the Western hierarchy, dominating most of the land.
Assyrians used many tactics to help achieve supreme domination.
The Assyrians’ use of ladders was an interesting tactic. They would push the ladders up against the enemy’s walls while Assyrian archers fired distractions. Before the enemy could react, Assyrian soldiers would climb up and slaughter as many as possible.
Another well known tactic among the Assyrians involved tunnel digging. They would send their soldiers underground to dig a tunnel beneath the enemy’s walls. Then after the hole was dug, the wall would fall into the hole and collapse.
Assyrian Rulers Assyria was a military based empire because of its rulers. Assyrian kings built an empire that stretched from east and north of the Tigris River all the way to central Egypt. These rulers were mighty and powerful, helping Assyria to rise and fall.
King Sennacherib Ruled from 705-681 B.C. King Sennacherib was a great king of Assyria. He wasn’t modest however, and bragged about sacking 89 cities and 20 villages, burned Babylon, and ordered most of its inhabitants killed. Sennacherib was the first Assyrian ruler who used a navy. He used them in 694 B.C. to pursue Chaldean rebels and defeated them. He had various problems with Babylon during his rule and claimed to have destroyed the city. He flooded Babylon despite its traditional status as a holy city. Sennacherib was able to retain the lands conquered by his father and even threatened the Egyptian frontier. King Sennacherib moved his capital from Dur Sharrukin to Nineveh. It was established along the Tigris River.
King Ashurbanipal Ruled from 668-627 B.C. King Ashurbanipal prided himself on his ability to read in several different languages. He was the only Assyrian king that could actually read and write. Ashurbanipal also collected more than 25,000 clay tablets from throughout the Fertile Crescent. He established the first systematically organized library in his palace at Nineveh. Collections of reliefs and carvings depicted Ashurbanipal as hunting and killing lions. Lion hunt was a royal sport in Assyria. Ashurbanipal was known by enemy nations for his cruelty action to defeated kings. King Ashurbanipal died in 627 B.C. The empire fell shortly and was followed by a revolt in the court.
King Nebuchadnezzar Ruled from 605-562 B.C. After the Chaldeans defeated the Assyrians, they made Babylon their capital. King Nebuchadnezzar took over the Babylonian Empire and restored it. He united Babylon and Assyria, an extraordinary accomplishment. His palace was listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the world by the Greek visitors. This was the “hanging gardens of Babylon”. Nebuchadnezzar erected many famous buildings even after the empire was overthrown by Cyrus of Persia. He improved canals and restored many religious monuments. Nebuchadnezzar defeated Egypt, Tyre, Edom, and Judah. Shortly after his death in 562 B.C., the empire fell and the Persians take over the empire. Babylonian bricks were inscribed, “I am Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon”.
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Trade in Assyria Assyria used their militaristic power to gain control of some of the most resourceful trading routes in all of the area. Amelia Abdellatif
How and Why Assyria Gained Control of the Land
Assyria started to gain control by expanding their empire through military brutality towards neighboring lands.
Once they gained control of resourceful land, Assyrians seized all trade routes.
The Assyrians continued their rule by reinforcing all rules.
The Assyrian empire was advanced to many different determinants mainly because of cultural diffusion. Assyria was known as a “melting pot” of diversity, which consists of many factors, including culture, religion, and languages, which is relevant to writing. The empire resembled others when it came to religion and culture. They practiced two religions and were polytheistic. Assyrians also shared some characteristics of their culture with other civilizations, such as languages and beliefs. Assyria Culture and Religion
The Assyrians practiced two religions which were Ashurism and Christianity.
Ashurism was the first religion of the Assyrians.
The religion, Ashurism, and later the whole empire of Assyria, was named after the national god, Ashur.
The city, Nineveh, was named after Nina, the Ishtar of Assyria.
The first Assyrian church was founded in A.D. 33 by Thomas, Bartholomew, and Thaddeus.
Ashurism was practiced until A.D 256
Nature was worshiped and it was believed that every nature object was possessed by a spirit
The Assyrians were polytheistic, therefore, they worshiped many gods such as the following: Anu, god of the heavens; Bel, god of region inhabited by man, beasts, and birds; Ea, god of the waters; Sin, the moon-god; Shamash, the sun-god; and Ramman, god of the storms, etc.