Khorsabad Inscriptions

As was the custom of Assyrian kings, Sargon II (721-705 B.C.) inscribed his annals in word and picture on stone slabs that lined the palace walls.

From Sargon II: Inscriptions of a General Nature, "Pav des Portes," No. IV, lines 31-44. Published by H. Winckler, Die Keilschrifttexte Sargons (Leipzig, 1889), 1, 147 f., II, Pl. 38. Translation: Luckenbill, AR, II, 99.

(Property of Sargon, etc., king of Assyria, etc.) conqueror of Samaria (Sa-mir-i-na) and of the entire (country of) Israel (Bt-Hu-um-ri-a) who despoiled Ashdod (and) Shinuhti, who caught the Greeks who (live on islands) in the sea, like fish, who exterminated Kasku, all Tabali and Cilicia (Hilakku), who chased away Midas (Mi-ta-a) king of Musku, who defeated Musur (Mu-u-ri) in Rapihu, who declared Hanno, king of the country Ia', a district on Cyprus (Ia-ad-na-na), (who) dwell (on an island) in the sea, at (a distance of) a seven-day journey.

Pritchard, J.B., editor; Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament, 284. Copyright 1950, 1955, 1969 by Princeton University Press. Reprinted by permission of Princeton University Press.