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I returned back from a trip to England about two weeks ago. I was visiting the British Museum when I thought of the 0 A.D. peeps. Here is what I took of the Assyrian exhibit:


I thought the body armour was interesting. The lamellar has a weird shape to it.


I would not consider these guys to represent the military. This was part of the scene of the King's lion hunt. They were probably some kind of guard or extras participating in the lion hunt. I took a picture of this scene so you don't confuse them with the actual battle scenes. I forgot what the horses were for, but the workers to the far left were building a sort of arena for the king to immerse himself into and keep the lions in the vicinity if that is what I remember.


Another lion hunt scene that is to the right of the picture displayed above.


King's Lion Hunt Scene


King during his lion hunt whom the archers in front of him are shooting lions displayed on the wall left of this image. Notice the king is not dressed for battle like he would be in the battle scenes,

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The Assyrian Battle Scenes


The King in battle upon his chariot


Assyrian soldiers besieging a city I think.


Logistics people to the left


Assyrian soldiers attacking from the right and they would build fortifications of their own to combat with the enemy like any proper siege combat would have.


The spearmen in formation. I took a close shot to show the smaller details.




prisoners of war if I can remember. I took the picture because I have no idea what is on the prisoner's backs.


Its hard to spot the detail in the picture, but these guys are wearing footgear, and do have a good amount of armour coverage compared to the guys in the lion hunt scene. The texture on the back of the shields are interesting too.

Sorry I didn't take more pics, but my family did not have the patience to stand in the British Museum forever like I would, so I was in the mad dash to take as many pictures as I could for artistic purposes later. From the pictures, I believe people under estimate how much armour people did wear for war and not just your tunic and the occasional helmet in the Ancient and Classical Eras.

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I guess.. If you take a look at some medieval sieges, and even the historical record of Julius Caesar siege of Alesia, people build their own fortification around the city or castle they want to invade. It can be a castle versus castle fight. Invaders would build wooden towers or ramps to place archers or catapults to fire into the besieged fortification and I believe that is what the Assyrians were doing.

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