(3500-2000 BCE) The oldest Mesopotamian civilization. Its many city states were the first to develop cuneiform writing.
(2300s - 612 BCE) Assyria had a long history but is most famous for being Israels archenemy during its latter period. Many of its cities, including Nimrud and Nineveh, have provided rich finds in artifacts and texts, some of which are prophetic oracles.
(1900s- 500s BCE) Many phases of dominence and weaknss. Hammurabis (1728- 1686 BCE) law code is a milestone