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Ancient Empires - Assyria
by Wayne Blank
It was the Assyrians who conquered and exiled the northern kingdom of Israelites, with the capital at Samaria, resulting in the "Lost Ten Tribes" of Israel. The prophets Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah and Zechariah all refer to Assyria (see Prophets).
The Assyrian empire eventually declined, and by 600 B.C. it was overcome by the Babylonians.