the ancient monuments discovered in the ruins of ancient
Assyria has this inscription by King Ashurnasirpal II (reign
began in 885 BC.) of himself::
"I am king, I am lord, I am praiseworthy, I am exalted, I am
magnificent, I am the foremost, I am a great warrior, I am a
hero, I am a lion, and I am virile; Ashurnasirpal... king of
Haywood, "Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations"
(London: The Penguin Group., 2005) p. 46