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Assyria

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Definition an ancient kingdom centered in northern Mesopotamia which is in present-day Iraq
  • Stephen Bertman says Assyrians invented excavation to undermine walls of besieged cities.
  • The learned societies and great men of Assyria—where are they?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • O base Assyrian knight, what is thy news?
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • 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
  • "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
  • "The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck" followed; also "The Assyrian Came Down," and other declamatory gems.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He drove with authority and grace, head back, jaw thrown forward: an Assyrian king.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • 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
  • I had to borrow these from an Assyrian tomb.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • 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
  • The Assyrians used it in the seventh century B.C. to poison water supplies.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Baal with Thunderbolt Spear (limestone stele, Assyria, fifteenth—thirteenth century B.C.).
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • My Great Uncle Algie got it for me in Assyria.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • 2:14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • They hated him because he was Assyrian.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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