The World's First Army

1525 WordsMay 1, 20167 Pages
Assyrian War Techniques Assyria’s humble beginnings originated in a small trading community in the city of Ashur, in modern day Iraq. Nestled on the banks of the Tigris River with access to merchants, trade, and agricultural stability Ashur was named and supposedly founded by Noah’s son after the Great Flood. It was here that Assyria started its branching of power and influence to spread its conquests as far south as Egypt and as far east as Asia Minor. The Assyrian Army, along with its numerous rulers became the greatest empire in the world at the time. Before the Greek and Roman Empires dominated the region, Assyrians were the most ruthless and feared people with their skilled war tactics. Known as the “world’s first army”, the Assyrian…show more content…
“Several kings of the Assyria empire, such as Tiglath Pileser III, Shalmaneser V,Sargon II, Sennacherib, and Esarhaddon, are mentioned a number of times throughout the Bible as nemeses of the Israelites..” (Mark). The cuneiforms from the Assyrians and the books from the Bible differ greatly in their telling of these stories of the kings and their encounters, especially Sennacherib’s writings regarding Judah’s conquests verses the chronicles from book of Isaiah 37. The various war tactics of the Assyrian army received many historic mentions as being perverse, cruel and barbaric. However, throughout history these same tactics have been repeated and effective in almost every major military-esque nation since. This leads one to ponder if they were setting the bar or establishing a recipe for future failures. A commonality of the tactics in battle from the Assyrian army was to storm a village or society with all their might and force and leave it burning to the ground, taking whatever spoils suited them. This displayed a message to the slaves whom they captured to share with other neighboring civilizations to not fight back or defend their region. In one story recounted by Ashur-Nasir-Pal II, who made a habit of deporting people from their native homelands and sending them to random regions throughout the empire
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