Quotation by Ashurnasirpal II

The supreme, the merciless, the destroyer of opposition, the exalted King, the shepherd, the protector of the quarters of the world, the King the word of whose mouth destroys mountains and seas, who by his lordly attack has forced mighty and merciless Kings from the rising of the sun to the setting of the same to acknowledge one supremacy.
Ashurnasirpal II (r. 883–59 B.C.), Assyrian king. Cuneiform inscription on alabaster relief from palace at Nimrud (Iraq), now in Bristol City Museum, England.
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