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The Assyrian Army Attacks a City

 

 

This picture illustrates some of the techniques the Assyrians used to capture a city. On the left hand side some men scale the wall with a ladder. On the right hand side a wheeled battering ram is used to destroy the city walls. The three figures at the top next to the city have been impaled on spikes. The tall figure on the far right with the long clothes is Tiglath Pileser III, who is refered to in the Bible by his Babylonian name, Pul.(1)  

(1) From: Arther Ferrill, The Origins of War: From the Stone Age to Alexander the Great (London: Thames & Hudson, 1985) p. 76.

 

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