Assyria was a Semitic Kingdom and Empire on the northern parts of the Mesopotamian valley, and worshiped as polytheists in the Mesopotamian pantheon. They were renowned and feared for their military prowess and brutality. Today the Assyrian people remain as a minority in Syria, Iraq, and Turkey as a Christian minority.

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Ancient History

What kind of government did ancient Nineveh have?

Autocratic Monarchy (a King and queen)


What is some criticism of Sennacherib's Destruction?

Sennacherib was a wanton murderer who sanctioned the leveling and razing of cities, the torture, flagellation, mutilation, and desecration of both living and dead, and the deportation of hundreds of thousands if not millions of subjects of conquered kingdoms. If he were alive today, he would be on trial for numerous genocides and other crimes.


What year did the Medes conquer the Assyrians?

612 b.C

What led Sennacherib to attack other kingdoms?

In 703 BCE Marduk of Babylon formed an alliance of Chaldeans, Aramaeans against Sennacheirb when he was enthroned in Assyria.

Sennacherib counter-attacked, suppressed the rebellion and and took Babylon.


How did king Sennacherib die?

King Sennacherib's older son was going to become king after his father died. Yet somehow his younger son convinced his older that he should be king. There was a ceremony and everyone pledged their allegiance to the younger son, including the older son. Afterwards however the older son wanted to be king and got very angry, the younger son was shipped off so he would be safe and the older son murdered his father and became king.


Who made the dying lioness?

assyrian artistists


What were mens jobs in ancient Assyria?

they could be a merchant, artisan, scribes, gang worker,mercenary soldiers,herdsmen


What are the two main subjects of Assyrian Art?

the gods and their offerings for the gods

Names and Name Meanings

What is the meaning of the name Ashur?

In Arabic, Ashur means one who has wisdom.

New Testament

Are the Samaritans a mix of Assyrians and Jews?

Biblical detail: When Assyria conquered an area, they might repopulate the land with people from other conquered nations. This was the case when Samaria was overthrown.

2 Kings 17:22-24 - For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they did not depart from them, until the Lord removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria, as it is to this day.Then the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Ava, Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel; and they took possession of Samaria and dwelt in its cities. [NKJV]


Why were the Assyrians hated?

They used to be hated, because they conquered everyone. They made the conqured their slaves, and they persecuted the conquered people. Today, not alot of people hate Assyrians, expect for a group of Kurds on the internet, but the Assyrians where massacred during the Ottoman period, and Kurds attacked Assyrians villages, and today's Republic of Turkey.The only middle east country, that doesn't mind the Assyrians is Syria.

Old Testament

Who was the king of Assyria at the time when Israel was taken captive?

== == People were deported on more than one occasion from the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Tiglath-Pileser III was the first king to deport people from the Northern Kingdom in 732 B.C. (2 Kings 15:29).

Shalmaneser V attacked Israel after they rebelled again, but died during the siege of its capital Samaria. His successor, Sargon II deported about 27,000 people in 722 B.C.


Who was the last great Assyrian king remembered for his cuneiform library?



How many Assyrians are living in Italy now?

I don't think so. I am Assyrian and I don't know any Assyrian living in Italy. I do know Assyrians living in other countries throughout Europe though. Countries like England, France, Sweden, Greece, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Finland, and Southeastern Turkey (the Hakkâri, Şırnak, Siirt, Mardin, Diyarbakır, Batman, and Bitlis Provinces (parts of the Assyrian homeland)).

According to AINA (the Assyrian News), there are roughly 3,000 Assyrians in Italy.


The assyrian king divided their empire into political district called?



How was the Assyrian empire different to other Fertile Crescent empires?

They mutilated everyone that surrendered in battle: eyes, ears, or noses would be cut off.


How did Assyrians treat the people they conquered?

The Assyrians were brutal conquerors. Most of the men who defended any city that they laid siege to were tortured, flagellated, and subjected to numerous unspeakable horrors. Many women were raped, storehouses were pillaged, cemeteries were desecrated, and numerous families were deported from their homes and resettled hundreds of kilometers away in order to facilitate the removal of their customs and traditions.


Was Judah conquered by the Assyrians in 721 BC?

No. The Northern Kingdom of Israel fell in 722 BCE. The Southern Kingdom of Judah suffered immensely from Assyrian attacks with over 20 major towns and cities leveled, but the capital of Jerusalem was able to withstand the Assyrian siege. It is unclear (archaeologically) why Judah was not conquered. According to the Bible, a plague destroyed both the strength and will of the Assyrians. According to the Assyrian writings on the matter, nothing is said save that the siege did not result in capture.


What was the capital of ancient Assyria?

First ancient assyria's capital is Assur

The most well known Ancient Assyria's capital is Nineveh.

The religious capital in the hearts of the Assyrian people was Caleh.


How did the Assyrians set up a well organized government?

by having a well organized core, a strong and skilled army and with their development of power


Which city is likely to have a greater population ashur or jarmo?

jarmo has a greater population because when the catal huyuk people start growing crops and hunt jarmo quickly started doing that and many people moved to jarmo so that is why jarmo has the greatest population. hope this answers your question!


Where did the Assyrians get wood for building?

Wood in Assyria typically came from the upper reaches of their controlled territory, along the border of modern Iraq and Turkey. This area is mountainous and provides enough water for certain kinds of trees.


Why did the Assyrians take conquered peoples from their lands and move them to other places?

It was a common practice to move most of the surviving persons of the nation conquered and them moving people from the main nation to the conquered states. This was useful for predestining customs into the new conquered state. To force them to pay heavy taxes The conquered peoples won't come back and take what they have such as their land and their food.
As the Assyrians conquered other countries and built their empires they did takes slaves. Once they enslaved captured peoples they would sell and transport their slaves.
They would make them pay heavy taxes
To make them their slaves sold at the open market.

Ancient History

Where is Nineveh?

== == Nineveh, capital city of the Assyrian empire, is located in the modern city of Mosul, Iraq. Occupied first in the 7th millennium BC, it became important to Mesopotamia when Sennacherib (704-681 BC) made it his capital. It was sacked by the Medes and Babylonians in 612 BC. Indiana, New York, and Pennsylvania.


Is it true that after the Assyrians captured a city they allowed the conquered people to remain in their homeland?

No, it is false, because they kicked them out of their homeland and made some of them slaves.
No they did not allow them to stay they exiled them, make them as slaves, and forced them out then brought in then brought in new settlers and made them pay heavy taxes. >:D (by: Alexander, 11)


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