Like the Roman Empire, the Assyrian Empire had developed from a single city-state: Assur. The Assyrian Empire rose to prominence in the second millennium BC. It reached new heights in the early first millennium BC, but collapsed between 612 and 609 BC.
Does this graphical update of Age of Empires make the game feel as fresh as it did in 1997 or does it come off as a relic of a bygone age?
A relief in the British Museum offers a good example of Neo-Assyrian ingenuity, with men crossing a river using inflated animal skins.
In the distant past, when Assyria still reigned supreme, two tribes of nomadic horsemen wreaked havoc across Asia. They were known as the Cimmerians and the Scythians.
Hamblin’s book on warfare in the ancient Near East offers a starting point for those who wish to learn more about this topic.