When Sennacherib became King of Assyria, he had a huge new palace constructed at Nineveh, which he called “the Palace without a Rival”. This was packed full with spectacular artistic works, including gigantic sculptures and almost two miles of stone carvings running along the walls. One of these stone murals can be seen today in the British Museum. It depicts one of Sennacherib’s finest military triumphs: the siege of Lachish, which occurred during a campaign against the Kingdom of Judah in 701 BC. When the Lachish frieze and related artifacts were found in the ruins of Nineveh in the 19th century they caused a sensation, because they referred to events that had previously been known from just one source: the Hebrew Bible.
In this fully illustrated book, military analyst Andrew May explains the context of the siege, describes the action and looks at the aftermath of one of the Bible's great battles.
Copyright © 2012 Andrew May