In the first half of the seventh century B.C.E., the annals mention Esarhaddon calling upon Ikausu, king of Ekron, together with his other vassals, to provide building materials and their transport to construct Esarhaddon’s palace in Nineveh (Pritchard, ANET, p. 288). In 667 B.C.E., the annals report that Ashurbanipal required his vassal Ikausu, king of Ekron, among others, to support his military campaign against Egypt and Ethiopia (Pritchard, ANET, p. 294).