All About Ancient Assyria

The Siege of Lachish Many, many years ago there lived a king named Sennacherib. Sennacherib was the ruler of the great Assyrian empire. Every year, lands across the empire sent their best materials to the Assyrian king, such as precious metals, fine cloth, and tall straight timber.

Many lands in the west were not part of the Assyrian empire. Paying tribute meant that the Assyrian king would not threaten them with war and destruction. Soon after Sennacherib became king some kings from the west rebelled against him. When Sennacherib learnt that the kings were not paying their usual tribute, he decided to go to war. Sennacherib assembled his army and marched west from the heartland of Assyria.

The Assyrian army marched for many weeks until it reached the shores of ‘The Great Sea’.

At the sight of the huge army many of the kings offered tribute to the Assyrian king. But some of them still refused to pay tribute. One of these kings was Hezekiah, the king of Judah. He had joined the rebellion against Sennacherib. Sennacherib marched to Lachish, an important city in the kingdom of Judah. When the army arrived, they prepared to lay siege to the city. Continue reading All About Ancient Assyria