Clay Prism of Sennacherib

Iraq: Nineveh (?)
Neo-Assyrian Period
Reign of Sennacherib, ca. 689 B.C.
Baked clay, inscribed
38.0 cm H, 14.0 cm W
Purchased in Baghdad, 1919
OIM A2793

On the six inscribed sides of this clay prism, King Sennacherib recorded eight military campaigns undertaken against various peoples who refused to submit to Assyrian domination. In all instances, he claims to have been victorious. As part of the third campaign, he beseiged Jerusalem and imposed heavy tribute on Hezekiah, King of Judah-a story also related in the Bible, where Sennacherib is said to have been defeated by "the angel of the Lord," who slew 185,000 Assyrian soldiers (II Kings 18-19).

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