Romans V Assyrians

Nick

Historum Emeritas
Jul 2006
6,111
UK
#1
Caesar's finest against the most feared army from Biblical times:
Romans: Legionaries (Lorica Segmentata, gladius, scutum and pilum) supported by auxiliary cavalry, archers and slingers
Assyrians: Spearmen (iron lamellar armor, shields, spears and swords) supported by mounted archers and charioteers
 

Nick

Historum Emeritas
Jul 2006
6,111
UK
#2
The Assyrians utilised advanced technology: siege towers, catapults and battering rams covered in iron plates. Unlike their contemporaries they had armor made of iron and coordinated tactics, breaking up formations with their chariots and mounted archers before sending in the infantry.
They have often been described as the Nazis of the ancient world as they were constantly at war with their neighbors in a bid for expansion and were the first to commit genocide against those who rebelled: razeing towns to the ground, poisoning the soil, ripping open pregnant women, flaying, mutilating, beheading, torturing and impaling prisoners and taking entire nations from their homeland and enslaving them. They were feared by the other ancient civilisations as they were the first to wage total war.
Could they be the force tough enough to take on the Romans?
 
Apr 2009
785
third rock counting from the Sun
#3
Eventually Nick for their bloodthirst is almost unbelievable !
There's a record made upon one of their battles against Babylon, i suppose in the 7th century BC, in which they took the city, beheaded a huge number of people and pilled those heads in front of the gates..

The Nazis of WW2 were just playfull kids when compared. Imagine the assyrians using the means avaible at the nazi time..
 
Jan 2008
18,733
Chile, Santiago
#4
The Romans still would've destroyed them. Especially considering what you described are crack troops in superb armour and honed with there weapons.
 

Nick

Historum Emeritas
Jul 2006
6,111
UK
#9
The Romans still would've destroyed them. Especially considering what you described are crack troops in superb armour and honed with there weapons.
I'm not too sure they would. Unlike the other enemies we've pitted against Rome that would be easily destroyed (Spartans, Samurai, Vikings) the Assyrians had advanced technology, decent weapons and armor, cutting-edge tactics, resourcefulness (a milliennia earlier the Assyrians faced the same barbarian horsemen that sacked Rome and not only defeated them but created their own cavalry superior to anything else at the time), ferocity, training and equipment the Romans didn't have (chariots and mounted archers).
 
May 2009
346
United States of America
#10
I'm not too sure they would. Unlike the other enemies we've pitted against Rome that would be easily destroyed (Spartans, Samurai, Vikings) the Assyrians had advanced technology, decent weapons and armor, cutting-edge tactics, resourcefulness (a milliennia earlier the Assyrians faced the same barbarian horsemen that sacked Rome and not only defeated them but created their own cavalry superior to anything else at the time), ferocity, training and equipment the Romans didn't have (chariots and mounted archers).
Which sack of Rome are you refering to.