- an ancient empire in SW Asia: greatest extent from about 750 to 612 b.c. Capital: Nineveh.
Examples from the Web for assyria
We read that in Assyria deadly influences were ascribed to the moon.Storyology
He finds Assyria and the Mounds of Cholula at his door, and himself has laid the courses.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Could this be said of Assyria, and shall it not be said of England?Proserpina, Volume 1
Assyria, more rugged in character, did not enjoy the same advantages.
Ramman-nirari's reign marks a turning-point in the history of Assyria.
- an ancient kingdom of N Mesopotamia: it established an empire that stretched from Egypt to the Persian Gulf, reaching its greatest extent between 721 and 633 bc . Its chief cities were Assur and Nineveh
Word Origin and History for assyria
Middle English, from Latin Assyria, from Greek Assyria, short for Assyria ge "the Assyrian land," from fem. of Assyrios "pertaining to Assyria," from Akkadian Ashshur, name of the chief city of the kingdom and also of a god, probably from Assyrian sar "prince." (See also Syria).