Sargon, his successor, boasts of this achievement of his arms.
Sargon has put his name on some object that he dedicates to the sun-god at Sippar.
Sargon now had to face a more formidable coalition, that of the northern nations under Ursa of Ararat.
What Sargon meant by this the excavations of M. Place have shown.
Sargon's new trouble had broken out in Babylon, and was much more serious than any revolt in Syria.
The palace of Sargon at Khorsabad had no less than 209 rooms.
Transparent glass seems to have been first introduced in the reign of Sargon.
Sargon deposed him, and put his brother Ahimit in his place.
Mention was again supposed to have been made of tin in the annals of Sargon.
The Elamites reconquered two cities which Sargon had taken from them.
(In the inscriptions, "Sarra-yukin" [the god] has appointed the king; also "Sarru-kinu," the legitimate king.) On the death of Shalmaneser (B.C. 723), one of the Assyrian generals established himself on the vacant throne, taking the name of "Sargon," after that of the famous monarch, the Sargon of Accad, founder of the first Semitic empire, as well as of one of the most famous libraries of Chaldea. He forthwith began a conquering career, and became one of the most powerful of the Assyrian monarchs. He is mentioned by name in the Bible only in connection with the siege of Ashdod (Isa. 20:1). At the very beginning of his reign he besieged and took the city of Samaria (2 Kings 17:6; 18:9-12). On an inscription found in the palace he built at Khorsabad, near Nieveh, he says, "The city of Samaria I besieged, I took; 27,280 of its inhabitants I carried away; fifty chariots that were among them I collected," etc. The northern kingdom he changed into an Assyrian satrapy. He afterwards drove Merodach-baladan (q.v.), who kept him at bay for twelve years, out of Babylon, which he entered in triumph. By a succession of victories he gradually enlarged and consolidated the empire, which now extended from the frontiers of Egypt in the west to the mountains of Elam in the east, and thus carried almost to completion the ambitious designs of Tiglath-pileser (q.v.). He was murdered by one of his own soldiers (B.C. 705) in his palace at Khorsabad, after a reign of sixteen years, and was succeeded by his son Sennacherib.