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Radner, Karen; Marriott, John (2015): Sustaining the Assyrian army among friends and enemies in 714 BCE. In: Journal of Cuneiform Studies, Vol. 67: pp. 127-143




This study aims to investigate how the Assyrian army functioned and survived while on a campaign in difficult, hostile, mountainous territory by studying the narrative of the campaign led in 714 BCE by Sargon II of Assyria (r. 721–705 BCE) into the northern Zagros mountain range, today the border region between Iraqi-Kurdistan and Iran and beyond. The main focus is on the manner in which the army procures food while cut off from Assyrian supply lines and on the composition of the army, which reflects the nature of this specific campaign.