The Campaigns of Sargon II, King of Assyria, 721-705 B.C.

The Campaigns of Sargon II, King of Assyria, 721-705 B.C.

Description

Backed by an unparalleled military force, Sargon II outwitted and outfought powerful competitors to extend Assyrian territory and secure his throne. As Sarah C. Melville shows through a detailed analysis of each of his campaigns, the king used his army not just to conquer but also to ensure regional security, manage his empire's resources, and support his political agenda. Under his leadership, skilled chariotry, cavalry, and infantry excelled in all types of terrain against an array of culturally diverse enemies.

This book represents the first in-depth military study of the great Assyrian king. Drawing extensively from original sources, including cuneiform inscriptions, the letters of Sargon and his officials, archival documents, and monumental art, Melville presents Sargon's achievements as king, diplomat, and conqueror. Contrary to the stereotype of the brutal Assyrian despot, Sargon applied force selectively, with deliberate economy, and as only one of several possible ways to deal with external threat or to exploit opportunity.

The Campaigns of Sargon II demonstrates how Sargon changed the geopolitical dynamics in the Near East, inspired a period of cultural florescence, established long-lasting Assyrian supremacy, and became one of the most influential kings of the ancient world.


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Details

Author(s)
Sarah C Melville
Format
Hardback | 320 pages
Dimensions
163 x 229 x 28mm | 567g
Publication date
27 Jul 2016
Publisher
University of Oklahoma Press
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, unspecified
ISBN10
0806154039
ISBN13
9780806154039
Bestsellers rank
496,485