it had considerably expanded the territories under its control.
The Assyrian rulers Tiglath-Pileser III and Sargon II (721–705 BC) led their
armies on campaigns almost yearly, extending their dominance over the entire
Near East. The multi-ethnic empire they created was a uniformly structured
political entity, centrally controlled with well-defined and well-guarded borders,
but, like many ancient empires, was beset by constant rebellions.
Under the influence of these two powerful rulers, Assyria became even more
militaristic, with the Assyrian warmachine being the