Assyrian Archers Attacking an Egyptian Fortress at Memphis

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 22 March 2018

This is a detail of a large gypsum wall panel showing the Assyrian army attacking the Egyptian city of Memphis and commemorates the final victory of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal II over the Egyptian king Taharqa in 667 BCE. On the right, an Assyrian soldier holds a large shield protecting archers aiming at the fortress. Part of a similar group appears above. On the left, an Assyrian soldier sets fire at the gate. A long ladder leans on the fortress, on which Assyrian spearmen and archers ascend. A Nubian soldier falls from a fortress's tower. Panel 17, Room M of the North Palace at Nineveh, Northern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (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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