How Mice May Have Saved Jerusalem 2,700 Years Ago From the Terrifying Assyrians

The entire region quailed before King Sennacherib, known for horribly torturing rebel monarchs, but he didn't kill King Hezekiah. Inquiring minds have been asking why ever since

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Detail of a gypsum wall relief depicting the deportation of the inhabitants of the city of Lachish by the Assyrian army. Reign of Sennacherib, 700-692 BC, from Nineveh, Iraq, currently housed in the British Museum
Deportation of spoils, prisoners from Lachish after Sennacherib and the Assyrians rolled over the cityCredit: Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg)
Philippe Bohstrom
Philippe Bohstrom
Sennacherib shown at the gates of Lachish, ordering its "slaughter", from Nineveh relief at the British MuseumCredit: oncenawhile
Deportation of spoils, prisoners from Lachish after Sennacherib and the Assyrians rolled over the cityCredit: Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg)
Assyrian relief depicting warriors on horses, 8th century B.C.E. From Ashurbanipal's palace at NinevehCredit: De Agostini / Getty Images
Relief of winged bull for Sennacherib at Nineveh (704-681 B.C.E.)Credit: Universal History Archive / REX

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