Around 2000 BC Assyria was
invaded by Semitic barbarians called the Amorites. By 1800 BC an Amorite
king of the Assyrians had established control over most of northern
Mesopotamia. Their power was short-lived in this period, however, due
first to the rise of Babylonia under Hammurabi and then the rise of the
Mitanni in modern Syria.
The period 1363 to 1000 BC
was the Middle Assyrian Empire. Several strong kings first reasserted
Assyrian independence and then began encroaching on neighboring empires.
The Assyrians avoided destruction during the catastrophe of 1200 BC,
perhaps because they were already embracing the new military tactics and
weapons that the older kingdoms were not. In the political vacuum of the
ancient dark age, the Assyrians prospered. By 1076 BC Tiglathpileser had
reached the Mediterranean to the west.
The New Assyrian Empire,
1000 to 600 BC, was the peak of their conquests. Their empire stretched
from the head of the Persian Gulf, around the Fertile Crescent through
Damascus, Phoenicia, Palestine, and into Egypt as far south as Thebes.
Their northwestern border was the Taurus Mountains of modern Turkey. Other
than the vestiges of what had once been the Minoan (Crete), Mycenean
(Greece), and Hittite (Turkey) cultures, all areas of pre-catastrophe
civilization in the West were ruled by Assyria.
have two major bonuses. They have +40% archery range unit fire rate and
villagers are 30% faster.
are cheap, effective, accurate, and fast firing. So therefore they are
great for doing things like the archer rush strategy.
In the iron
age you don't really have that good of weapons which hurts you pretty bad.