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Stephen Bertman says Assyrians invented excavation to undermine walls of besieged cities.
  an ancient kingdom centered in northern Mesopotamia which is in present-day Iraq
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  • Stephen Bertman says Assyrians invented excavation to undermine walls of besieged cities.
  • ...the Greeks were in contact with Assyrians.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Behind them was Kandar, a bandage-wrapped Assyrian mummy with powerful eagle-wings and eyes like rubies, who was carrying a small pig.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • They hated him because he was Assyrian.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • "The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck" followed; also "The Assyrian Came Down," and other declamatory gems.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • It may well be conceived, what an unsavory odor such a mass must exhale; worse than an Assyrian city in the plague, when the living are incompetent to bury the departed.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • My Great Uncle Algie got it for me in Assyria.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The learned societies and great men of Assyria—where are they?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • In 722 B.C. the Northern kingdom was conquered by the Assyrians and it lost all political and religious significance.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Not Babylon Nor great Alcairo such magnificence Equalled in all their glories, to enshrine Belus or Serapis their gods, or seat Their kings, when Egypt with Assyria strove In wealth and luxury.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost

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  • "Alas! alas!" said the Jew, "on every hand the spoilers arise against me—I am given as a prey unto the Assyrian, and a prey unto him of Egypt."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Baal with Thunderbolt Spear (limestone stele, Assyria, fifteenth—thirteenth century B.C.).
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • …so much more invigorating and balsamic as the land is approached, contemplating all the power of those preparations she was commissioned to destroy, all the power of that army which she was to combat alone—she, a woman with a few bags of gold—Milady compared herself mentally to Judith, the terrible Jewess, when she penetrated the camp of the Assyrians and beheld the enormous mass of chariots, horses, men, and arms, which a gesture of her hand was to dissipate like a cloud of smoke.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The Assyrians used it in the seventh century B.C. to poison water supplies.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • "God gave the Israelites a Saviour, and so they were delivered from the hand of the Assyrians," and the like, I need say nothing; there being neither difficulty, nor interest, to corrupt the interpretation of texts of that kind.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Of those that began great and ended in a point, there are thousands of examples, for all the Pharaohs and Ptolemies of Egypt, the Caesars of Rome, and the whole herd (if I may such a word to them) of countless princes, monarchs, lords, Medes, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, and barbarians, all these lineages and lordships have ended in a point and come to nothing, they themselves as well as their founders, for it would be impossible now to find one of their descendants, and, even should…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • At each spontaneous tribute rendered by the wayfarers to this black pagod of a fellow—the tribute of a pause and stare, and less frequent an exclamation,—the motley retinue showed that they took that sort of pride in the evoker of it which the Assyrian priests doubtless showed for their grand sculptured Bull when the faithful prostrated themselves.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Landscapes by Turner and Assyrian bulls were a poor substitute for the literary dinner-parties at which she had hoped to meet the genius and renown of Great Britain.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Arwad had been a strategic military possession for an endless succession of sea powers: the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, the Achaemenid Persians, the Greeks under Alexander, the Romans, the Crusaders, the Mongols, the Turks, the French, and the British.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • I knew this Ruber from Crane College, where he had run a baseball pool at the Enark Cafe; he was quiet and dirty-spoken, smooth in the face, fat behind, with a slow, shiny Assyrian fringe on his head and a soft-bosomed fashion of clothes, silky shirts, yellow silk tie, and gray flannel suit.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • O base Assyrian knight, what is thy news?
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • He drove with authority and grace, head back, jaw thrown forward: an Assyrian king.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I had to borrow these from an Assyrian tomb.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • 2:14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • Assyria.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • At this time, the Assyrian king Sargon II had recently conquered Samana-northern Israel-forcing a migration of Hebrews southward into Jerusalem.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Landscapes by Turner and Assyrian bulls were a poor substitute for the literary dinner-parties at which she had hoped to meet the genius and renown of Great Britain.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The shrinking crowd, if asked, would say he is a mongrel—an Assyrian—whose touch of the robe is pollution; from whom, consequently, an Israelite, though dying, might not accept life.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • They have been forced to act as any Churchill, Stalin, or Roosevelt: Semiramis from Nineveh, who shaped the Assyrian Empire, and Boudicca, who led one of the bloodiest English revolts against the Roman forces of occupation, to cite just two.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • The past unrolled to him in separate and enormous visions; he built unending legends upon the pictures of the kings of Egypt, charioted swiftly by soaring horses, and something infinitely old and recollective seemed to awaken in him as he looked on fabulous monsters, the twined beards and huge beast-bodies of Assyrian kings, the walls of Babylon.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • 6 I see the site of the old empire of Assyria, and that of Persia, and that of India, I see the falling of the Ganges over the high rim of Saukara.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • This was the eleventh tablet of the Assyrian recension of the Epic of Gilgamesh.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • A certain Assyrian prince, under the pseudonym of ’Kummu’, has left a horrifying vision of death and the hereafter.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • He’s Assyrian.’
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Amongst these texts, ’Written down according to the original and collated in the palace of Assurbanipal, King of the World, King of Assyria’, was the poem which we call the Epic of Gilgamesh.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • There has been much controversy on the question of the relationship between the Genesis flood and that of the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Sumerian writers.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • In 1839 a young Englishman, Austen Henry Layard, set off with a friend on an overland journey to Ceylon; but in Mesopotamia he was delayed by a reconnaissance of Assyrian mounds.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • When publishing the Assyrian ’Deluge’ Smith had stated that this was evidently a copy from a much older version made at Uruk, the biblical Erech, known today as Warka.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • When the Roman looks down upon Israel and laughs, he merely repeats the folly of the Egyptian, the Assyrian, and the Macedonian; and as the laugh is against God, the result will be the same.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • In the figures of the gods that have come down from ancient Mesopotamia (Sumer and Akkad, Babylonia and Assyria) the thunderbolt, in the same form as the vajra, is a conspicuous element (see Figure 6z); from these it was inherited by Zeus.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The expulsion from Eden to the bitter lands to the east is a parable for the massive deportation of Israelites to Assyria following Sargon il’s victory.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • 25:18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • Hence, she is also important in Babylonian, Assyrian, Canaanite, Hebrew, and Ugaritic myths, which are all descended from the Sumerian.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed … ’2 Kings 19:3536.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The Hebrews had still better reasons for wishing to forget Assyria, Babylon, and all that concerned them, except as a cautionary tale.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • It is a work which continues, and more gaps are being filled in each year; but the main body of the Assyrian Epic has not been altered in essentials since the monumental publications of text, transliteration, and commentary by Campbell Thompson in 1928 and 1930.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • More striking is the degree of spiritual unity found throughout the cycle,, Sumerian, Old Babylonian and Assyrian alike, which derives from the character of the hero, and from a profoundly pessimistic attitude to human liife and the world.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • This is the best preserved of all the tablets in the Assyrian version, with over 3 00 extant lines.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • In the preparations for the ’Forest Journey’, the Sumerian, Old Babylonian, and Assyrian all give a slightly different sequence of events.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • And that night the angel of the LoRr went forth, and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
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