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Sar’gon (prince of the sun), one of the greatest of the Assyrian kings, is mentioned by name but once in Scripture—Isa. 20:1. He was the successor of Shalmaneser, and was Sennacherib’s father and his immediate predecessor. He reigned from b.c. 721 to 702, and seems to have been a usurper. He was undoubtedly a great and successful warrior. In his annals, which cover a space of fifteen years, from b.c. 721 to 706, he gives an account of his warlike expeditions against Babylonia and Susiana on the south, Media on the east, Armenia and Cappadocia toward the north, Syria, Palestine, Arabia and Egypt toward the west and southwest. In b.c. 712 he took Ashdod, by one of his generals, which is the event which causes the mention of his name in Scripture. It is not as a warrior only that Sargon deserves special mention among the Assyrian kings. He was also the builder of useful works, and of one of the most magnificent of the Assyrian palaces.