Erich Lessing

SENNACHERIB THE CONQUEROR. Seated high on his throne while being fanned by servants, the Assyrian king Sennacherib (705–681 B.C.E.) is depicted here receiving the capitulation of the city of Lachish during his invasion of Judah in 701 B.C.E. According to the Bible (2 Kings 18:13), Sennacherib launched his campaign against all the “towns of Judah.” A newly discovered inscription uses the same phrase to describe Sabaea’s northern trading partner.