Tablet of Sargon's 8th Campaign

Sargon's Military Campaign

Tablet of Sargon's 8th Military Campaign

This baked clay tablet records in 430 lines of text the war campaigns of Sargon II of Assyria (8th Century BC).

Louvre Excerpt

Tablet of Sargon's 8th campaign
Neo-Assyrian period (714 BC)
Baked clay
H 37 cm; L 24 cm
AO 5372


"In the form of a letter to the god Assur, this tablet relates the eighth military campaign led by Sargon II against, among others, the kingdom of Urartu, which englobed Armenia and Kurdistan. The text, of 430 lines, tells how the king led the operations and captured the holy town of Musasir." - Louvre

"In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;" - Isaiah 20:1

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