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Assyria At War: Strategy and Conduct

Andreas Fuchs

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557301.013.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Assyria At War: Strategy and Conduct

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This article examines Assyria's military strategy and conduct of war. It argues that the rise of Assyria can be explained by the peculiar historical setting of the later tenth century and the developments leading to it. It explains that the Assyrian kings used their armies cautiously and successfully, giving their troops a lead in numbers, experience, and competence, and they maintained these advantages for no less than three centuries. It describes the sources and the ideal image of the king at war and comments on the battle reports of kings.

Keywords: military strategy; conduct of war; Assyria; Assyrian kings; armies; battle reports

Article.  9829 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History

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