Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lawful Doesn't Mean Good

Ashurnasirpal II, often depicted smiling. like a complete badass.

Sometimes (re-)establishing law and order requires drastic measures.

"I built a pillar over against the city gate and I flayed all the chiefs who had revolted and I covered the pillar with their skins. Some I impaled upon the pillar on stakes and others I bound to stakes round the pillar. I cut the limbs off the officers who had rebelled. Many captives I burned with fire and many I took as living captives. From some I cut off their noses, their ears, and their fingers, of many I put out their eyes. I made one pillar of the living and another of heads and I bound their heads to tree trunks round about the city. Their young men and maidens I consumed with fire. The rest of their warriors I consumed with thirst in the desert of the Euphrates." 

- Ashurnasirpal II, third king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, reigned 884-859 BC

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