• Assyrian History: A Captivating Guide to the Assyrians and Their Powerful Empire in Ancient Mesopotamia

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: David Patton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Ancient History
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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Explore the Captivating History of the Assyrian Empire

Of all the famous civilizations to emerge from Mesopotamia, a list that includes the Akkadians, the Sumerians, and the Babylonians, it’s the Assyrians who deserve the fame and glory. The empire they constructed over the course of some 1,200 years survived constant attacks, a few defeats, and the famed Dark Age, known as the Bronze Age collapse, to become one of the largest and most expansive empires the world has ever seen. 

In Assyrian History: A Captivating Guide to the Assyrians and Their Powerful Empire in Ancient Mesopotamia, you will discover topics such as
 

  • The Assyrians Arrive in Mesopotamia: The Early Assyrian Period
  • The Birth of a Civilization: The Old Assyrian Empire to the Middle Assyrian Empire
  • The Beginning of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
  • Imperial Expansion and the Golden Age of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
  • The Fall of the Empire
  • Assyrian Government
  • The Assyrian Military
  • Life in the Assyrian Empire
  • Assyrian Culture: Art, Math, and Science
  • Assyrian Religion
  • And much, much more

Listen to this audiobook now if you want to learn about the Assyrians!

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A superb book

This was a great book! Hard to put down. Very informative to the student of Bible history, especially if you’re looking for background info, like why things happened the way they did.

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Fantastic!

A great overview and survey of the history of one of the most interesting ancient Mesopotamian civilizations and states.

Western history tends to gloss over Mesopotamia and thousands of years of the history of civilization in a mad dash to classical Greece and Rome. everything through the Persians is condensed into Cliff notes, and the Persians themselves are mostly just there to serve as the antagonists for the beginning of the story of the Greeks. You spend a little time on Egypt & you get some mention of the Israelites due to their biblical relevance, but the rest of it is just window dressing. Maybe you talk a little bit about Ur and Uruk and the Sumerians, build a model ziggurat, read the passage from the epic of Gilgamesh, and have a brief discussion of Hammurabi's law code. But that's about it. little if any attention is given to people's as important as the Hittites, the Mitani, the Lydians, and if you hear about the Phoenicians it's just as a hand wavy way to discuss the invention of the alphabet. And how many high school students I wonder would have any idea of the significance of Assyria? Name a single city of king? Or express any concept of their relevance?

And yet the Assyrian Empire was one of the most long-lived and at it's height the largest of the Mesopotamian superstates. The implosion of the empire just 50 years after its peak and their reputation for prowess on the battlefield and cruelty to those they conquered are the stuff of Legends.

it's hard to find good reading material for ancient Mesopotamia in general, but for Assyria particular. it's easy to be skeptical of these kinds of overview topical educational series, but this one was very well done. there was much more detail than I expected. the information provided was well structured and seems genuinely unbiased. but more than anything it seems to truly appreciate the significance of the period. it's still just a broad overview, but if you're interested in the topic this isn't just a great place to start it's a great find considering the dirt of other titles available.

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Cringe wording, a narration that cannot pronounce

The book of the day is brought to you by the word "However."

The editor of this book just didn't care about giving us a good product. And the failure began when the person who wrote the book turned it in to be read. The word "However" is used constantly, and I mean constantly. The narrator didn't even try to read it with any cadence and seemed either new or bored. Stumbling words, and atrocious pronunciation of names. In all these failures, the editor didn't correct the mistakes or coached the reader on how to pronounce the names of kings. For those who already know some of the king's names, you'll be shocked at how bad the reader's attempt is. The names are utterly butchered.

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Well Done

Very informative. The time line of the events is wonderful. Learn about all the kings and their reigns in history.

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Nice and Detailed

A good deal for an informative book, easy to follow the timeline, history is a great subject in which to immerse yourself

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Solid Knowledge

The Assyrians contested the area of today's Iraq. It was a continual battleground then and is so today. The ancient kings were like the dictators of today - always looking for an opportunity to expand their empire and then boasting about it!

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Good Source

couple opinions on Scripture I didn't agree with, but other than that, was respectful to God's Word and used it at times to explain certain aspects of the history discussed in this book. I would recommend this book to any one, especially Christians who are looking for background information regarding Bible history.

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Very Entertaining and Informative

I got really informative guide to the Assyrians and their powerful empire in ancient Mesopotamia. This is a complete book indeed which is packed with great information.

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Concise an d Compiling

This is a great guide to the Assyrians and Their Powerful Empire in Ancient Mesopotamia. The author pointed out really important information in this guide.

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Very Special

This is very special history book about the Assyrians. Hoe they build up a powerful empire. I enjoyed it.

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  • Freddi Högabo
  • 08-19-20

Boring trying to be exiting

Just telling something is exciting in an exciting voice doesn't make it exciting. The tale of the sumerian epoch IS indeed exciting, but not in this version.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-19

Assyrian history

Poor and shallow historical review.
Exceedingly repetitive.
Occasional inaccuracies and inappropriate historical comments and comparisons.

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  • I.Ibrahim
  • 10-29-18

What a Research!


The book contains valuable information and good amount of knowledge but, unfortunately - at least for me- it is confusing as it does not have logical organization for the beginner listeners.

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  • Darzi Jesse
  • 10-28-18

Lovely Way Of Explaining


This is like a text book on the subject. Though recent excavations have added to our knowledge about the region, but the basics as presented by the author is unchanged.

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  • Evie
  • 10-26-18

Very Nice


This book is a pretty good overall look at the Assyrians. It is not extremely detailed but is a good reference book and not a bad book.