Assyrian Warfare Essay

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Assyrian Warfare

Assyrian Warfare

During Mesopotamian times, wars were what divided ruling periods. There were many
different peoples that dominated Ancient Mesopotamia and the Assyrians were one of them.
The Assyrians prospered mainly because of their divine talent to defensively resist and
offensively overwhelm their enemies. At no point of Assyrian rule was there ever a time
without conflict of some sort.

The Assyrians were known to have a powerful, ruthless army. The army was the largest
Middle East or Mediterranean fighting force that had ever been seen. It is believed that
God himself promised the Israelites that if they disobeyed Him he would allow them to be
taken up and carried away to foreign lands. His promise is explained in Isaiah 5:26-29. It
reads, "He will whistle to them from the end of the earth; Surely they shall come with
speed, swiftly. No one weary or stumble among them No one will slumber or sleep Nor will
the belt on their loins be loosed, Nor the strap of their sandals be broken; Whose arrows
are sharp, And all their bows bent; Their horses' hooves will seem like flint, And their
wheels like whirlwind. Their roaring will be like a lion, They will roar like young lions;
Yes, they will roar And lay hold of the prey; They will carry it away safely, And no one
will deliver." Israel's rebellion angered God and it led to war with the invincible
Assyrians. The Northern Kingdom of Israel was wiped out.

"Why were the Assyrians at war so much?" is a likely question to arise when discussing
these people. And in my eyes the answer is simple. For land and power. The map of the
beginning of the Assyrian empire compared to the end of the Assyrian empire shows great
difference. It is obvious that much expansion took place during this rule. Like the
Chinese Han dynasty, there was an explosion of territory growth in the Assyrian time
period. Not being able to control all the land and people was the Hans' weakness and led
to their downfall. The Assyrians had an interesting policy that eliminated this problem.
They would deport defeated nations and led them to captive lands. This would destroy the
individuals' sense of nationalism and would cause them to be much more willing to submit
to Assyrian rule. They figured that the less people would resist, the less problem they
would have with their captives and it worked well for them.

What led the Assyrians to be so successful was location, technology, and resources. They
were located in the center of all other civilizations, in-between the Tigris and Euphrates
rivers, as well as many others. They had the ability to use the fertile land to grow a
strong, healthy people which brought tremendous advantages over the competition. The
exigencies of war awakened much technological development. Aside from all the mathematical
inventions like the division of the circle into 360 degrees to lateral and longitudinal
graphical navigation. They established advanced metal working techniques to develop
weapons like swords, armor, battering rams, and lances that benefited them in battle.

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