The Assyrian Empire
We learn from (http://www.allempires.com/empires/assyria/assyria1.htm p. 1) that “The Assyrians were Semitic people living in the northern reaches of Mesopotamia; they have a long history in the area, but for most of that history they are subjugated to the more powerful kingdoms and peoples to the south.”
In Mesopotomaia, and located on the Upper Tigris River was the political state named Assyria. The civilization of western Asia rose from a small area near Ashur to a much larger area that reached from Anatolia to Egypt. Near the Ninth Century BC, the most fascinating period of time for the Assyrian Empire took place. During this era in time, Ashurnairpal II was ruler who remained a prominent leader of the empire and fiercely kept control; being certain that Assyrian Governors were set in place to help him maintain his barbaric rule. Ashurnaipal II ruled with a stern hand, where he forced his conquests north to Uratu, moving toward the Mediterranean and Lebanon. After Ashurnaipal II, a new leader; Shalmaneser III led the empire to many victorious wins by trying to maintain the same control as the former leader. Shalmaneser III did, however; not keep control over the Hebrews. After Shalmaneser III, the fighting remained and grew more severe. The fall of the Assyrian Empire was directly connected to the heavy spending during the time of Assurbanipal’s rule. Much of the concentration of the empire was centered around the military where fighting was always considered most important, which ultimately caused the fall of the Assyrian Empire.
The Assyrian Empire. Roots. http://www.allempires.com/empires/assyria/assyria1.htm.