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Assyrian relief. Assyria, a civilisation of the Ancient Near East that existed in the first three millennia BC in what is now Iraq. At left, women and a child are depicted below cattle. At centre, bearing a bow and arrows, a warrior-king is attended by scribes and a soldier. At far right, Assyrian soldiers are besieging a city, using ladders to scale its walls. The Assyrian Empire reached its height in around 705-612 BC. This woodcut dates from 1880.
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