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Assyrian Contributions to the Modern World

How Assyria contributed to the modern world.

Assyria is known for making great improvements made in warfare and engineering. The Assyrian Empire rose in the middle bronze ages, and was named after their original capital of Ashur. The original capital of Ashur was located on the Upper Tigris river but the empire soon spread throughout all of the Fertile Crescent, Egypt, and the northern half of Mesopotamia­­. With the expansions in the empire they made their new capital Nineveh. The Assyrian homeland was located in a mountainous terrain. The spoken language in Assyria was an Assyrian dialect of Akkadian.

The Assyrians have an advance art structure as well. They have very detailed pictures depicting battle scenes. These battles scenes where engraved on stone and lined the royal palace’s walls so foreigners would see them when they came to see the emperor. The Assyrians also had images of them conducting religious ceremonies and examples of the emperor demonstrating his power such as executing an entire village. The point of showing the emperor demonstrate his power is so it would keep people in line and showed how powerful the great emperor was. A majority of the great art that was created in Assyria was created in the Neo-Assyrian period (the last great Assyrian Kingdom).During this period Assyrian art reached a high level of craftsmanship. An example of the art is a winged bull in front of the king’s court that is suppose to guard the entrance. It is interesting because this bull have five legs instead of four so that no matter what prospective you look at it from it always appears to have four legs. The Assyrians are believed to have held the Nimrud Lens, a piece of rock crystal. Many beileve that this crystal was use in one of the first telescope created by the Assyrians and it is the reason for the Assyrians having a very accurate astronomy.

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