The Assyrian Empire's first ruler was Shamshi-Adad I. He lived from 1813-1781 BCE. When he was alive, he expanded the Assyrian empire and controlled most of the north. This made the Assyrians wealthy. After he died, the Assyrian empire fell.
I am Kind Tiglath-Pileser, and I am powerful!
The Assyrian empire rose again in 1360 BC under the control of King Tiglath-Pileser I. During this period of time, they conquered a lot of Mesopotamia and parts of the Middle East. They fell again in 1074 BC.
This rise lasted from 744 BC to 612 BC. Multiple rulers ruled the Assyrian empire during this time. Some of those rulers were called Sargon II, Ashurbanipal, and Tiglath-Pileser III. During this time period, they conquered a lot of the Middle East and Egypt. Then, the Babylonians brought the Assyrian empire down.
The Assyrian empire was feared by most other empires. They had iron weapons and big armies. Their iron weapons were feared because other empires used copper to make their weapons. Iron is a stronger material than copper and other empires had a disadvantage because they didn't have that strong resource.
The last ruler of the Assyrian Empire was Ashurbanipal. Ashurbanipal built a big library. He collected tablets from all over Mesopotamia to put in his library. Over 30,000 tablets were in tact when a archaeologist found this library.
The Assyrian empire was very big and powerful. They had lots of different features added. Tiglath-Pileser III added roads around cities so traveling would be faster. They also had big palaces for their kings, a lot of water canals and aqueducts, and big walls built around cities so it would be harder for other empires to attack them.