The Assyrians were a mixture of people driven south out of the steppes of Russia by a coming ice age. Mixing with indigenous population, they more or less conquered the Syrians of the time and incorporated them into their culture. Among those they encountered were the remnants of the Cimmerians and these have always been a proud people. Perhaps it was the remaining Cimmerians who became the Assyrians by absorbing all those fleeing south. Enough manpower leads to large armies and, in an effort to prolong their race, they took on a militaristic hue. Remember, all wars are wars of attrition. Therefore, the Assyrians are attributed the role of conquerors. But with new manpower arriving daily, they flexed their muscles to see how far they could go. This would have been sometime after the flood.

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