The mystery behind the ancient underwater kingdom in Turkey

A reluctant surrender

King Tiglath-Pileser III was determined to bring down the kingdom of Urartu. He had seen the suffering that his people had endured under their rule, and it was time to bring it all to an end. So the Assyrians launched various attacks against King Rusa and his army at times giving them very little time to recover in between attacks. The people of Urartu did their best to defend the kingdom, but the resources were dwindling, with little external support from their allies. So they eventually surrendered to the Assyrians.

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The Assyrian army held the people of Urartu under siege, bringing them great suffering and pain. They could not take this for much longer, so they eventually agreed to surrender and hand over their land and belongings to the people of Assyria. King Rusa I had lost his kingdom and all the lands that he had acquired. He felt like he had failed to protect his people. On the other hand, the Assyrians had successfully gotten what they wanted. The happiest of the lot was King Tiglath-Phalasar III who had finally kept his promise. He had just won a great victory for his people, unlike King Rusa who had lost all his land. His failure was hard to accept.

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