Illustrated History: Ancient Rulers
Illustrations of Rulers and Monarchs from the Ancient World
On display in the museum of Florence, Italy is an onyx stone cameo with a cuneiform inscription reading, "In honor of Merodach, his lord, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, in his lifetime had this made." It is dated to about 585 B.C.
This clay tablet reads, "In the thirty-seventh year of Nebuchadnezzar, king of the country of Babylon, he went to Egypt [Misr] to make war. Amasis, king of Egypt, collected [his army], and marched and spread abroad." The inscription is now on display in the British Museum in London. In the ruins of ancient Babylon most of the clay inscriptions are about Nebuchadnezzar, son of Nabopolassar, king of Babylon.
History teaches that Pontius Pilate was appointed governor of Judea by Tiberius in 26 A.D. and immediately made bad relations with the Jews by centering the headquarters of his army, previously in Caesarea, to Jerusalem.
Royal Assyrian Chariot
Assyrian Chariot with King
Sennacherib King of Assyria
This figure of the mighty Assyrian king Sennacherib was discovered on the walls of his palace in Khorsabad, near the ruins of ancient Nineveh. The ancient Assyrian ruins reveal much about the wealth of this powerful monarch. Sennacherib reigned from 720 BC to about 683 BC. The Bible reveals that during the reign of the Jewish king Hezekiah, Sennacherib came to conquer Jerusalem and the Angel of the LORD (The Lord Himself) slew 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When he returned to Assyria his own sons murdered him.
Shishak of Egypt Mentions Judah
Archaeologists discovered some sculptures upon the walls of Thebes in ancient Egypt at the magnificent temple of Karnak. Among them was this figure of an enemy captive with his arms tied behind his back, with a shield covering him. Upon the shield was written in Egyptian hieroglyphics: "Judah-Melek-Land" which means "the kingdom of Judah."
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