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Roger Forshaw

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 war machine being the

in Egypt of the Saite pharaohs, 664–525 BC