Bloodaxe's Realm     The Medieval World  

Assyria (1530 - 612 BC) reached its greatest extent in the 7th century BC. during Ashurbanipal's reign He subjected its people to merciless repression inflicted by his army in whose ruthlessness he gloried and ruled through an efficient administrative system supervised by the central government. Assyrian rule collapsed and was followed by a brief resurgence of Babylonian rule