The Assyrians were brutal conquerors. Most of the men who defendedany city that they laid siege to were tortured, flagellated, andsubjected to numerous unspeakable horrors. Many women were raped,storehouses were pillaged, cemeteries were desecrated, and numerousfamilies were deported from their homes and resettled hundreds ofkilometers away in order to facilitate the removal of their customsand traditions.

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