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Assyria was the region located in the ancient Near East which, under the Neo-Assyrian Empire, reached from Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) through Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and down through Egypt. The empire began modestly at the city of Ashur (known as Subartu to the Sumerians), located in Mesopotamia north-east of Babylon.

Assyria

Assyria was the region located in the ancient Near East which, under the Neo-Assyrian Empire, reached from Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) through Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and down through Egypt. The empire began modestly at the city of Ashur (known as Subartu to the Sumerians), located in Mesopotamia north-east of Babylon.

Stone relief sculptured panel of a man holding an Ibex and a poppy flower. Facade L. Inv AO 19872 from Dur Sharrukin the palace of Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, 713-706 BC. Louvre Museum Room 4 , Paris | Photos Gallery

Stone relief sculptured panel of a man holding an Ibex and a poppy flower. Inv AO 19872 from Dur Sharrukin the palace of Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, BC.

Royal Horses in Relief from the palace of Akkadian King Sargon II  (ruled 722 BCE - 705 BCE) in his capital  Dur-Sharrukin (Modern Khorsabad)

Royal Horses in Relief from the palace of Akkadian King Sargon II (ruled 722 BCE - 705 BCE) in his capital Dur-Sharrukin (Modern Khorsabad)

Alabaster bas-relief (8th BCE) from the palace of Sargon II in Khorsabad

A servant leading the royal horses. Alabaster bas-relief BCE) from the palace of Sargon II in Khorsabad, Mesopotamia (Iraq).

Winged human-headed bull  Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sargon II (721-705 BC)    Human-headed winged bulls were protective genies called shedu or lamassu, and were placed as guardians at certain gates or doorways of the city and the palace. Symbols combining man, bull, and bird, they offered protection against enemies.    The Louvre Museum - Paris

Winged human-headed bull Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sargon II BC)…

Enannatum, Ruler of Lagash Fragment  of  a stone depicting Enannatun,a sumerian king of Kingdom of Lagash.Found at the religious center of the Lagash state,ancient city of Girsu,known today as Tello,southerm Iraq. About 2450-2300 BC

Enannatum, Ruler of Lagash Fragment of a stone plaque depicting Enannatum, a Sumerian king of the Kingdom of Lagash. Found at the religious center of the Lagash state, ancient city of Girsu, known.

The Assyrian relief sculptures are some of the most extraordinary pieces in ...    bowdoin.edu

The Assyrian relief sculptures are some of the most extraordinary pieces in . Notice the famous hand bag

Ashurbanipal- BLK. king of Assyria<---

Ashurbanipal- king of Assyria. Under his rule the Assyrian Empire reached its zenith.

Assyrian Alaha Ashur

Seal of Asshur, Assyrian god of war.

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