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Sennacherib sits on an elaborate throne in this detail of the eighth century B.C. relief from his royal palace at Nineveh. The figure heading a line of soldiers paying homage to the king may be Rabshekah, a victorious Assyrian commander (see 2 Kings 18). Above their heads is an inscription boasting, “Sennacherib, king of the world, king of Assyria, sat upon a nimedu-throne and passed in review the booty (taken) from Lachish.”