City of Nineveh conquered by Babylonians and Scythians



Dspite all the splendor and power of Assyria, never perhaps has any other empire perished so suddenly, so completely, and so unexpectedly. Esarhaddon was succeeded quietly by his son Assurbanipal, who ruled in much the same wise way, cultivating the arts of peace, and gathering a great library which has come down to us. He held his vast empire firmly together and quickly suppressed rebellion where-ever it appeared.

But after Assurbanipal's death the storm clouds gathered fast. Babylon reasserted its independence, and carried most of the lesser cities with it in revolt. In the midst of the resulting struggle, another horde of barbarians burst upon the country, similar to that which Esarhaddon had destroyed two generations before. Assyria's plains were ravaged from end to end by these barbarians, whom we know as the Scyths or Medes.

Meanwhile, the Babylonians continued their attacks and finally besieged the Assyrians within their great city of Nineveh. Finding Nineveh still too powerful to be overthrown, the Babylonians made an alliance with the barbarians. Earth's oldest and most cultured people united with her newest and most reckless children in the assault upon the hated tyrant of the nations. Legend says that even Nature turned against Nineveh in that last hour. The river undermined a portion of the huge insurmountable wall, and through this unexpected breach the foe rushed into victory (B.C. 607).






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