Sargon II Attacks a City


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 08 April 2019
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Sargon II Attacks a City

This relief was part of Sargon II's throne, from Throne Hall VII of the Royal Palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad, in modern-day Nineveh Governorate, Iraq. Circa 710 BCE.

The Assyrian king, Sargon II, stands in his royal chariot, below a parasol. He is accompanied by the charioteer and a guard. The chariot is driven by a pair of horses; a fallen, dying, and a naked enemy appears below the horses. At the middle, 5 Assyrian soldiers bring and pile a stack of enemies' beheaded heads. On the right, a group of Assyrian soldiers attacks a city's wall via a step ladder. At the right lower corner, 2 (probably impaled) naked enemies are depicted. On display at Room X of the Iraqi Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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