Palace of Sennacherib

Invasion of Lachish (Judah), South-West Palace of Sennacherib, circa 700–681 B.C.E. Limestone relief, Nineveh, The British Museum, London.

This panel is one of a series telling the story of the defeat of the heavily fortified Judean city of Lachish by the Assyrian king Sennacherib in 701 B.C.E. The brightly painted panels covered the walls of one room in the southwest palace. The first panels depict the march of the invading Assyrian army and the fierce battle for the city. This panel (the 10th in the series) depicts the aftermath, as people flee in oxen-pulled carts and on foot; some are tortured along the way. The residents of Lachish, along with animals and treasures, were exiled as prisoners and property of the Assyrians.

Stone relief from the South-West Palace of Sennacherib portraying Sennacherib’s invasion of Lachish (Judah) in 701 B.C.E. Nineveh, circa 700–681 B.C.E. The British Museum, London.

People from the region of northern Mesopotamia that includes modern-day Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

Relating to or associated with people living in the territory of the southern kingdom of Judah during the divided monarchy, or what later became the larger province of Judah under imperial control. According to the Bible, the area originally received its name as the tribal territory allotted to Judah, the fourth son of Jacob.

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