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Transcript of Assyrian Empire
founded by King Sennacherib during his reign and became the largest city of it's day. The Assyrian empire was home to the largest library in the ancient world. The library, built by King Ashurbanipla, had a collection of more than 20,000 books including the Epic of Gilgamesh and had a cataloging systems that would not be used again until centuries later by the Europeans. In 850 BC, the Assyrian empire grew rapidly as they conquered the cities of Palestine and Babylon. They kept a strong government order over their territories and controlled almost all the old civilizations of the area. As strong as it was the Assyrian empire did not last and in 612 BC Nineveh was burned to the ground by the Medes, Chaldeans. Because of their brutal methods of government, the Assyrians met their downfall by the very people they had once conquered. The Chaldeans, led by King Nebuchadnezzar, restored the city of Babylon and brought prosperity to the area. The Assyrians were skilled iron works and made iron helmets, spears and swords and were also advanced battle strategists. Rise of the Assyrians Assyrian People Location Fall of the Empire