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Sargon: The Assyrian King

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Name of this Assyrian king, Sargon, means “legitimate king,” and indicates that he may have been a usurper who used such a title to make people think he deserved the throne. Though Sargon II had his share of military successes, he was continually pressed on all fronts by those nations who coveted Assyria’s territory and her tribute-paying vassal states. Sargon had developed a new capital city for himself at a place he called Dur-Sharrukin (“Sargon’s Fortress”). The palace was completed a year before Sargon died in battle, but later kings preferred to rule from Nineveh, so it was never used thereafter as a royal
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