Assyrian Army Attack the City Wall of Lachish

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published on 19 July 2014

In this wall relief, the Assyrian archers begin the assault on Lachish's city towers. In front of archers, a siege engine is being pushed up slowly on an artificial ramp, which was built by the Assyrians. The siege engine has a long battering ram - a heavy pole used to break through the walls and gateways of the city.

From the Southwest palace at Nineveh (modern Kuyunjik, Mousil city, Iraq), room XXXVI, panel 7. Mesopotamia, Neo-Assyrian era, 700-692 BCE. (The British Museum, London).


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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP (Glasg)
A consultant neurologist and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia.

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