Assyrian Archers

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published on 16 September 2014

Assyrian archers firing on the enemy during the siege of Lachish. Each archer was protected from enemy fire by a shield bearer. The pointy pattern in the background means that this scene is happening in the mountains.

They represent the army of King Sennacherib of Assyria (reigned 705-681 BCE) marching on Lachish, an ancient town about 40 km from Jerusalem. This image is part of a series of reliefs depicting the siege and capture of the town, from the walls of Sennacherib's palace in Nineveh.

Palace relief, c. 700-692 BCE. British Museum, London, UK.


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Jan van der Crabben
Jan is the Founder and CEO of Ancient History Encyclopedia, leading the non-profit company and its team to best fulfil its mission. He is passionate about history, education, and web technology.

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