Tiglath Pileser Biography





Tiglathpileser I was a great military genius, or perhaps we might better say a mighty maniac, whose one passion in life was for hunting and slaughtering, whether beasts or men. Among his favorite sports was the organizing of prodigious elephant hunts in which thousands of his soldiers were employed to surround the beasts and drive them toward the king. He was so proud of his exploits that at an early period of his reign he had carved on his inscriptions that he himself, either on foot or from his chariot, had slain over nine hundred lions. Moreover, when in his conquests he reached the Mediterranean, he proudly records that he sailed out on the sea in a Phoenician ship and with his own hand killed a "sea-monster," probably a porpoise.

But the chief business of Tiglathpileser's life was war. Every year he regularly marshalled his armies, and led them on raids farther and farther afield. No foe could stand before him. His troops penetrated to the sources of the Euphrates in the north, where he pursued the mountaineers through wild passes hitherto unknown, and, according to his inscriptions, "across cloud-capped mountains whose peaks were as the point of a dagger."

To the south he conquered the whole of Babylonia, even to the Persian Gulf; and in the west he pierced to the Mediterranean, the first Euphrates sovereign since the almost forgotten Hammurabi, over a thousand years before, to extend his dominion to that sea. Even the King of Egypt sent him presents, which the Assyrian naturally regarded as tribute. Toward the close of his reign, however, he seems to have met a sudden and serious defeat from the Babylonians; and we hear no more of him. His carven records of triumph cease abruptly; and the empire became much weaker after his death.






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