Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Assyrians

Civilizations of the Fertile Crescent: The Assyrians


The Assyrians began their civilization in the ancient city-state of Assur over 3,000 years ago, and came to dominate the area of upper Mesopotamia that includes parts of modern day Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. The Assyrians were known by the Egyptians for being a fierce warrior race who knew nothing but bloodshed and destruction. Recent archaeology has shown that unlike the image in the Egyptians' propaganda, the Assyrians were actually an advanced civilization who excelled in the arts and the science of astronomy and mathematics.

The Assyrians were rivals of the Babylonians and the Egyptians, and produced strong kings with names like Shamshi-Adad and Tiglath Pileser I. Like the Babylonians, the Assyrians were powerful for a time, then declined, then returned as the "New" Assyrian Empire later. The modern country of Syria traces its name back to the ancient Assyrians.



Here are a few sources on the Assyrians:
New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
History for Kids: Assyrians
About.com: Assyria
Wikipedia Entry
All Empires: Assyrians

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Mr.Guerriero! This video answers alot of my questions about the Assyrians!

    Abby

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