The mystery behind the ancient underwater kingdom in Turkey
The events surrounding the emergence and eventual growth of the kingdom of Urartu are not clear. There is scanty documentary evidence about the region, and the little that is available is ineligible due to the forces of nature. However, there are a few cuneiform inscriptions engraved on the walls of the Van castle that have informed historians and archaeologists. The inscriptions and other sources of information suggest that the battle began shortly after King Rusa’s accession to the throne. It is clear that King King Tiglath-Pileser III did not wait long before launching the offensive.
The Assyrian people suffered in the hands of the kingdom of Urartu. Their land was taken away from them and the people enslaved in a foreign land. So King Tiglath-Pileser III and the people of Assyria did not want to negotiate with their enemy. They wanted to reclaim the land by force, no matter the cost. King Rusa was not about to cede the conquered territory, so the Assyrians were ready to engage in combat. At that time, the battles for land were raging and only the victor could enjoy his trophy. A story worthy of Game of Thrones !