Ancient Assyria (Subartu) History in Iraq
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Ancient Assyria (Subartu) History

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The continuous history of the geographical region (not the political state) of Assyria -- in the earliest period known as Subartu -- goes back at least to the period of the Halaf Culture of which it was the centre and probably the cradle .....

Tribute Bearers: Palaces of Assyria (The British Museum) .......... Shining New Light on an Assyrian Palace (Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York)

Selected Excerpts on Assyria

(1) The Might That Was Assyria (2) The Advent of the Era of Townships in Northern Mesopotamia (3) Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times

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Concerning Assyrian Kings

Asurnasirpal II

I (Ashurnasirpal II) built a pillar over against his city gate and I flayed all the chief men who had revolted and I covered the pillar with their skins; some I walled up within the pillar -- some I impaled upon the pillar on stakes -- others I bound to stakes round about the pillar; many within the border of my own land I flayed and I spread their skins upon the walls. I cut off the limbs of the royal officers who had rebelled. Ahiababa I took to Nineveh. I flayed him. I spread his skin upon the wall of Nineveh ......

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