This wall relief depicts the Assyrian king Sennacherib after the fall of Lachish (Lakhisha), the second largest city in Judah Kingdom. The king sits on a marvelous throne and watches prisoners. He also greets an Assyrian official who appears to be in very close proximity to him, almost touching the king. This man most likely represents the commander-in-chief... [continue reading]
These sling stones were excavated at the main gate of the city of Lachish. The Assyrian soldiers attacked the city wall towers with these sling stones, a scene which has been depicted on some wall reliefs in Sennacherib's South-West palace at Nineveh. (The British Museum London).
This terracotta prism was found in Nineveh. It documents Sennacherib's military campaigns and the rebuilding of the city of Nineveh. The siege and the capture of Lachish and Jerusalem occurred during his 3rd military campaign in 701 BCE. Details of the account of the siege are given in column iii, lines 38-81. From Nineveh (modern Kuyunjik, Mousil city... [continue reading]
This wall relief depicts the procession of prisoners after the capture of Lachish by the Assyrian army. Two Assyrian soldiers guide the prisoners from behind and some of the prisoners kneel before the Assyrian king (who is not shown in this image). The prisoners most likely represent Lachish's officials, as some of them were slaughtered. From the South-West... [continue reading]
This is a fragment of a wall relief which shows Assyrian slingers in action. The four men appear to launch small round stones into the air, aiming at the enemy troops who stand at the top of the city walls to defend their besieged city. Some of the slinger stones were excavated at the main gate of Lachish. From the South-West palace at Nineveh (modern Kuyunjik... [continue reading]
After the capture of the city of Lachish, the victorious Assyrian army deported its people into exile and new settlements within the Assyrian empire. This wall relief depicts the deportation of barefeet men (who appear handcuffed) and women (who carry their belongings). A small child also appears next to a woman. From the South-West palace at Nineveh (modern... [continue reading]
A brick stamped with the name of Ur-Nammu, king of Ur. Neo-Sumerian era, Ur III dynasty, 2111-2003 BCE. From Ur, southern Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq).
A brick stamped with the name of the Kassite king Agum-Mari. The site and date of excavation are unknown. Kassite era, 1595-1157 BCE. (The Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq).
This wall relief delivers a very vivid description of the battlefield. The Assyrian army has built artificial ramps leading up to the city in order to transport their heavy equipment right up to the walls and gate. On the right, the Assyrian archers attack the city with their bows and arrows. On the left, siege engines are being pushed slowly up the ramps... [continue reading]