Assyrian Military Campaign in Southern Iraq

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 18 September 2014

This wall panel was part of a large alabaster wall relief. The Assyrian king in a chariot (who is noy shown) watches as prisoners are brought in, and heads and booty are piled-up in a palm grove. In Assyrian literature, beheaded bodies refer to the leaders of the enemy (king, prince, commander-in-chief, leader of insurgency), while solders and people would be considered as prisoners of war. Neo-Assyrian period, 640-620 BCE, Mesopotamia, Iraq. From Nineveh, south-west palace, court XIX, panels 10-12. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

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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