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King Sargon of Assyria - Attack on Ashdod
Isaiah 20:1 When Sargon the king of Assyria sent him and fought against Ashdod.
King Sargon Bull. Sargon's Palace
Colossal winged bull from the Palace of Sargon II. Khorsabad, Northern Iraq. British Museum.

The Sargon Vase British Museum
Sargon Vase. A cuneiform inscription on it reads: 'Palace of Sargon King of Assyria', The inscription is accompanied by an engraving of a lion. The lion, often occurring with inscriptions of Sargon II. British Museum.
Sargon's Palace Walls
Visitors at the museum of the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute look at carved reliefs from an 8th-century B.C. palace that show King Sargon II of Assyria riding through a forest in his chariot.
Sargon Bust Baghdad Museum
Bust of Sargon. Baghdad Museum, Iraq

The Palace of Sargon of Assyria
The case of Sargon provides a good illustration of the value of archaeology in relation to the Bible. Sargon is one of the forgotten persons who has been brought to life by the archaeological pick, and he provides a great illustration of the historical trustworthiness of the Bible.

James Orr commented in 1906, "Ancient writers knew nothing of him (Sargon). He was a mystery: some did not hesitate to deny that he ever existed.” Late in his reign Sargon built a new capital city, which he called Dur-Sharrukin ('the fortress of Sargon'), known today as Khorsabad. Among the buildings was a magnificently sculptured palace, which was discovered by the French archaeologist Paul-Emile Botta between 1842 and 1844. The British Museum has numerous artifacts depicting Sargon including the “Sargon Vase” which contains an inscription with his name on it. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago contains information and photographs of the early excavations of Sargon’s palace.


Sargon Brick Inscription
The Vatican Museum’s collection includes an inscribed brick from Sargon’s palace in Khorsabad. The inscription celebrates the construction of the city and of the palace:

"Sargon, king of the universe, built this city: Dûr-Sharrûkin ("The fortress of Sargon") is its name; inside it he had this unrivalled Palace built.”

The Sargon Annals - Inscriptions
This clay prism contains Assyrian inscriptions in cuneiform writing that validates the Biblical account regarding the capture and deportation of the northern kingdom of Israel in 722 BC. The inscriptions record the 8th campaign of Sargon II in Syria and the revolts in Samaria, the capital of northern Israel, before and after Sargon’s campaigns. The Assyrian inscriptions also record king Sargon’s boasting, "I besieged and captured Samaria, and carried off 27,290 of its inhabitants" (2 Kings 17:5-6). This cuneiform tablet now resides in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Sargon Fall of Samaria Inscription
From Ancient Near East Volume 1 - ANET

"Property of Sargon, King of Assyria, conqueror of Samaria and of the entire country of Israel (Bit-Hu-um-ri-a) who despoiled Ashdod and Shinuhti, who caught the Greeks who live on islands in the sea"

"Iamani from Ashdod, afraid of my armed force, left his wife and children and fled to the frontier"

"I beseiged and conquered the cities of Ashdod and Gath"
(Gath according to the Bible is where Goliath was from)

Isaiah 20:1 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, and fought against Ashdod, and took it.