Episode 19 – The Destruction of Sennacherib

“The city and its houses, from its foundations to its walls, I destroyed, I devastated, I burned with fire.  The wall and outer wall, temple-tower of brick and earth, temples and gods, and many as there were, I razed and dumped into the Arahtu-Canal.  Through the midst of the city I dug canals, flooded its site with water, and the very foundations thereof I destroyed.  I made its destruction more complete than by a flood.  That, in days to come, the site of the city, its temples and gods, might not be remembered, I completely blotted it out with floods of water, and made it like a meadow.” – Sennacherib of Assyria

In the early seventh century BC, Sennacherib wrestled with Judean defiance, Urartian resurgence and Elamite invasion, but his destruction of the ancient city of Babylon led to his demise.  His son, Esarhaddon, warred against the Nubian pharaoh Taharqa to extend Assyrian domination into lower Egypt.

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7 thoughts on “Episode 19 – The Destruction of Sennacherib

  1. Thanks, you too! (on the New Year) I'm happy I've been able to keep with the 2 week schedule lately. Really looking forward to digging into Ashurbanipal.

  2. Hi Scott – Thanks so much for the podcast – it is equally as enjoyable, insightful, well-presented and totally addictive as THOR. I hope at some point you get the time and possibility to dig deeper into a single culture or aspect of the ancient world, and devote a podcast entirely to this. At this rate the show will be over way to soon…


  3. Thanks for the high praise! As you may or may not know, I got my podcasting inspiration from "12 Byzantine Emperors" and THoR, and Mike is still the king. I haven't mentioned yet, but my latest estimate is that this series will probably run at least another 6 or 7 episodes (Ashurbanipal alone merits a 2-parter). So hopefully that's some consolation. Also, I have an idea for a follow-up series, but there will probably be some down-time between the two. Thanks for listening, glad you're enjoying the series!

    Scott C.

  4. Good to hear you'll do a follow-up, will definitely hang on. And btw, your comments are hilarious! And thanks again for an excellent podcast, your hard work and commitment is highly appreciated here.


  5. Just discovered this podcast Scott. As a 'veteran' of THOR, THOE and the Lars Brownworth podcasts, this one really holds up to these gems! So keep up the great work, enjoying the ride! Regards, Matt NL

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