Assyria(redirected from Middle Assyrian period)
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An ancient empire and civilization of western Asia in the upper valley of the Tigris River. In its zenith between the ninth and seventh centuries bc, the empire included all of Mesopotamia and the Levant.
1. (Placename) an ancient kingdom of N Mesopotamia: it established an empire that stretched from Egypt to the Persian Gulf, reaching its greatest extent between 721 and 633 bc. Its chief cities were Assur and Nineveh
2. (Historical Terms) an ancient kingdom of N Mesopotamia: it established an empire that stretched from Egypt to the Persian Gulf, reaching its greatest extent between 721 and 633 bc. Its chief cities were Assur and Nineveh
As•syr•i•a(əˈsɪər i ə)
an ancient kingdom and empire of SW Asia, centered in N Mesopotamia: greatest extent from c750 to 612 b.c.
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|Noun||1.||Assyria - an ancient kingdom in northern Mesopotamia which is in present-day Iraq|
Al-Iraq, Irak, Iraq, Republic of Iraq - a republic in the Middle East in western Asia; the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was in the area now known as Iraq
Mesopotamia - the land between the Tigris and Euphrates; site of several ancient civilizations; part of what is now known as Iraq
Assur, Asur, Ashur - an ancient Assyrian city on the Tigris and traditional capital of Assyria; just to the south of the modern city of Mosul in Iraq
Nineveh - an ancient Assyrian city on the Tigris across from the modern city of Mosul in the northern part of what is now known as Iraq
Ashir, Ashur - chief god of the Assyrians; god of military prowess and empire; identified with Babylonian Anshar
Ishtar, Mylitta - Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of love and fertility and war; counterpart to the Phoenician Astarte
Nusku - god of fire and light; corresponds to Babylonian Girru
Ramman - god of storms and wind; corresponds to Babylonian Adad
Shamash - the chief sun god; drives away winter and storms and brightens the earth with greenery; drives away evil and brings justice and compassion