Assyrian God-King Speaks of his Conquests // Ancient Primary Source // 640 BC Sennacherib

published on August 2, 2020

Hezekiah of judah who had not submitted to my yoke i've received 46 of his strong cities castles and small cities by casting down their walls and advancing the war engines by an assault of the light armed soldiers by breaches by battering and by axes i took them two

Hundred thousand one hundred and fifty people young and old male and female i brought out from them with horses mules asses camels oxen and sheep without number I counted them as spoil Hezekiah himself I shut up like a caged bird in

Jerusalem His Royal City I fortified the walls against him and whosoever came out of the gates I turned back after I had plundered his cities I divided them from his land and gave them to meet in t king of Ashdod to party king of Ekron and to

Steal Baal king of gaza and thus i diminished his territory to the former years tribute I added the tribute of subject Alliance to my lordship and lay that upon him as Akaya himself was overwhelmed with the fear of the

Brightness of my lordship the Arabians and his other faithful warriors whom as a defense for Jerusalem his royal City he had introduced fell into fear thirty talents of gold and eight hundred talents of silver precious stones large

Lapis lazuli couches of ivory Thrones of ivory ivory valuable wood of every kind a heavy treasure and his daughters his harem women the young men and young women of his household I caused to be brought after

Me to Nineveh the city of my lordship and he sent me ambassadors to give tribute and pay homage in dealing with the conquered king of elam and his men their necks I cut off

Like lambs their precious lives I cut through like a knot the charges of my chariot swam in the masses of blood as in a river blood and filth run down its wheel with the corpses of their warriors as with herbes i filled the field i'm

Mutilated my captives horribly i cut off their hands their bracelets of gold and silver which were on their arms i plucked off with sharp swords i cut off their noses

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