The architectural model of Sargon II
's royal palace at Khorsabad (No.
As we know of Thutmose III and Sargon II
mainly from their own accounts, Gabriel's sometimes extravagant praise of their indecisive campaigns seems naive.
A clue that points to flora in the garden is the lotus-and-bud sprig held in the lowered hand of Sargon II
and also by a wingless genie (Albenda 1986: pls.
In 722/721 BCE, Samaria, the Kingdom of Israel's capital, was conquered by Sargon II
(or his predecessor, Shalmaneser V), who then deported its rebellious inhabitants to Assyria.
The Correspondence of Tiglath-pileser III and Sargon II
Other papers on Iran discuss more general themes, such as the nature of warfare in the ancient Near East and the eighth campaign of Sargon II
Chapter two presents the archaeological evidence for the campaigns of Tiglath-pileser III, Shalmaneser V, and Sargon II
against the kingdom of Israel, whose capital city Samaria was ultimately captured in 722 B.C.E.
Ginsberg did note a specific similarity: he argued that the road uniting Egypt and Assyria, mentioned in 19:23, refers to the 716 campaign of Sargon II
to southern Palestine, in which he claims that he "opened the sealed harbor of Egypt." At the trading colony he established, he mixed the Egyptians and Assyrians together, and caused them to trade with each other.
This city suffered two late-eighth-century destructions attributed to the Assyrian campaigns of Sargon II
in 712/711 B.C.E.
Despite their character as a reference guide, these chapters are readable and clear (though not without a few minor errors), and Bryce judiciously reviews the state of evidence and opinion regarding some of the thorny problems of Neo-Hittite history, such as the relationship between Bit-Adini and Masuwari and the status of Que during the reign of Sargon II
Assyrian kings like Tiglath-pileser III and Sargon II
refer in their inscriptions to the erection of "Assur's weapon" in conquered territories.