Assyrian Empire Was Destroyed by Drought and Crowding, Study Says

A letter to King Sennacherib spells it out laconically: 'No harvest was reaped' in the year 657 BCE.

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For almost two millennia, the Assyrian Empire dominated the ancient Near East. But some 2,700 years ago, it essentially imploded, morphing from a powerful kingdom between Babylon and the Hittite lands to a...