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Illustration

Jan van der Crabben
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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.


About the Author

Jan van der Crabben
Jan is the Founder and CEO of Ancient History Encyclopedia, leading the non-profit company to best fulfil its mission to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. He holds an MA War Studies from King's College.

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APA Style

Crabben, J. V. D. (2014, September 16). Assyrian Archers. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/3036/

Chicago Style

Crabben, Jan V. D. "Assyrian Archers." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 16, 2014. https://www.ancient.eu/image/3036/.

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Crabben, Jan V. D. "Assyrian Archers." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 16 Sep 2014. Web. 18 Apr 2019.

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