Tiglatpileser III, king of Assyria (744-727 BC). Seen today as the founder of the Neo-Assyrian empire, his conquests brought regions from the Mediterranean Sea to Western Iran under direct Assyrian rule.

Shalmaneser V, king of Assyria (726-722 BC). The chosen heir of his father Tiglatpileser III, his reign lasted less than five years.

Sargon II, king of Assyria (721-705 BC). Ascending to the throne in the midst of a countrywide rebellion, he built a lavish new residence city, Dur-Šarruken, and died on the battlefield just one year after its completion.

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