Ancient Near East Empires Map

Babylonian colonists started Assyria and for many centuries it was subject to, or in conflict with, Babylon. The Assyrians were a major world power from around 884 B.C. to the fall of its capital Nineveh in 612 B.C.

The Hittites were a Bronze Age people of Anatolia who reached the height of power around the 14th century B.C., in part due to the Hittite militarys successful use of chariots. Civil war and rivaling claims to the throne, combined with the external threat of a confederacy of seafaring raiders, eventually weakened the Hittites and by 1160 B.C. they collapsed.

It was the Babylonian Empire that broke the power of Assyria, and, in its westward sweep, destroyed Judah and conquered Egypt. Babylonia emerged as a powerful nation when the Amorite king Hammurabi created a short lived power out of the territories of the former Akkadian Empire. It lasted from 612 B.C. to 536 B.C. Cyrus, king ofPersia, conquered Babylon in 539 B.C.

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The Mitannis, who were loosely organized, came into power after Kassite Babylon was destroyed by the Hittites. Egypt was the major regional rival to the Mitanni. As the Hittites, however, grew in power the Egyptians and the Mitannis agreed to a pact in order to protect their interest against any Hittite threat. The Mitannis, at their peak power, maintained outposts that circled their capital city of Washukanni. In a matter of time the empire was greatly weakened first by the Hittites then later the Assyrians.

The New Kingdom of Egypt, also called the Egyptian Empire, was extant from roughly between 1550 – 1069 B.C. It was Egypts most prosperous time and marked the peak of its power. This period contains some of Egypts most well-known rulers, such as Ahmose I (considered the first Pharaoh), Hatshepsut and Tutankhamun (King Tut). Under the reign of Queen Hatshepsut the empires trading of goods was expanded when a business expedition was sent to Punt. The Egyptian army was enlarged under the Pharaoh known as Napoleon of Egypt – Thutmose III. He used his newly expanded army to consolidate his power. This ultimately lead to the empires peak period of wealth and power under Amenhotep III.

Moses (1525 – 1405 B.C.) lived at a time when Amenhotep I (1526-1506), Thutmose I (1506-1493) and II (1493-1479), Hatshepsut (1479-1458) and Thutmose III (co-regent from 1479-1458 and sole ruler 1457-1425) reigned as Pharaohs of Egypt. It was under Thutmose III, in 1445 B.C., that the Exodus occurred. It was not until 1405 B.C. that Israel, under the command of Joshua (1490-1380), entered the promised land of Palestine.

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