Within Ancient Mesopotamia, four great civilizations were developed; during this time many cities were built. Each had a different ruler and a different government, customs and rules. Rivalry often sprung up between these civilizations because of the differences and extreme circumstances. Initially, the Assyrians learned from mistakes made by previous civilizations, they made the necessary changes to improve the efficiency of their centralized government. Secondly, despite being a war-based civilization, Assyria still had the capability to establish a stable religious system. Thirdly, the Assyrians wanted to be remembered for everything they had conquered, and to do so they changed the structures that had been built by previous civilizations building them higher. Therefore, the Assyrian Empire was civilized because they were able to learn from their mistakes. This insight allowed the Assyrians to have the opportunity to develop and avoid an earlier self-destructive path. To begin, although centralized government was applied to ancient Assyria, the government still managed to crumble time after time. The true idea of Assyria was demonstrated when (person) said “, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, destroying them utterly…of truth, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire.” Although the government system of Assyria was much more advanced than those civilizations that were still using non-centralized government systems, they were overcome with the belief of power. Such empires “often collapsed suddenly… but were again and again reconquered; to be enlarged and more carefully organized… it was their duty to reimpose the lost coherence, to increase its effectiveness, and to enlarge its basis.” After the failure of many, the Assyrian government became steadily better and better. Next, regardless of the fact that many thought the Assyrians only to be...
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