Assyria 900-600 BC--Modern Iraq--palace building iron fisted rulers--Rick said Assyria was the lion, the king of beasts of early Middle Eastern civilizations. They Transformed Semitic agricultural tribes into traders and conquerors featuring  superior mobile cavalry led army’s and known for being ruthless with the vanquished.  They were called the “The Romans of the East” and created efficient administrations, developed roads and a postal system.

                                 Assyrian exhibit hall of the British Museum

 British Museum Assyria
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