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During the time of the Neo-Assyrian Empire c. When the king, high priest and council of elders decided the need for war, they called all free male citizens to arms. Since around B.

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Assyrian traders set up businesses in a trade colony they established in Karum Kanesh, Anatolia. Assyria then began to take control over territories that had belonged to Mitanni.

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The Assyrian Empire is considered the greatest Mesopotamian empire because of its size, the efficiency of its bureaucracy and it powerful military strategies. King Adad-Nirari I to B. This policy was meant to head off any uprisings by moving the potentially rebellious to other regions of the Assyrian empire. Little is known about this time period circa to B. From their continual warfare, the Assyrians captured riches upon riches. Protective armor was rare, although many carried shields. They also demanded contingents of military men from each conquered city and region, which would then be incorporated into the Assyrian army.

The Hittites battled with the Assyrians, but the Assyrian king Ashur-Uballit stamped out any remaining Mitanni or Hittite control over northern Mesopotamia. For years, from to B. This policy was meant to head off any uprisings by moving the potentially rebellious to other regions of the Assyrian empire.

Thousands of clay tablets found in Kanesh discuss this profitable trade network. Tin from Anatolia gave the Assyrians the opportunity to develop iron working to perfection.

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He also battled the Hurrians, Hittites and the Kassite king of Babylon. The Assyrians were the first army to contain a separate engineer corps. From their continual warfare, the Assyrians captured riches upon riches. They promptly slew the king and replaced him with a pretender to the throne.

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Scholars believe that drought and climate change caused this collapse, along with the attendant ills of famine, disruption of trade, wars and disease. All warred among themselves and with others. They were also the first to use camels for carrying heavy loads. Thousands of clay tablets found in Kanesh discuss this profitable trade network. Although Ashur had been inhabited from B. The Hittites battled with the Assyrians, but the Assyrian king Ashur-Uballit stamped out any remaining Mitanni or Hittite control over northern Mesopotamia. Warfare Each of these three great Mesopotamian civilizations, all related to each other, brought in new weapons and tactics to Mesopotamian warfare. Sennacherib moved the capital of Assyria to Nineveh, where he built a splendid palace and exquisite gardens, which might have been the famous Hanging Gardens.

Mesopotamian cities usually went to war for water and land rights.

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