|Ancient Replicas - Sargon and Tartan (High Ranking Official)|
Walls and Towers
Sculpture of Sargon II with Vizier, gypsum, Khorsabad, Neo-Assyrian, 721-705 BCE
Here standing face to face, are Sargon, conqueror of Samaria and Israel, and the Tartan, his commander-in-chief, who is making his report in the audience chamber. With staff in one hand and sword in the other, the king embodies a power that brooks neither opposition nor contradiction. Submission alone is permitted. None dared counter his inexorable will.
"In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;" - Isaiah 20:1
Sargon II and his Tartan (Assyrian tartanu), the title given to the commander-in-chief of the Assyrian army (II Kings 18:17). Detail from a relief in the Palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad, 8th century B.C. (British Museum).