The Assyrians were a warrior society which controlled quite a large chunk of territory from the 10th to the 7th century BCE. Their land stretched from the borders of Egypt and way up into the eastern parts of Iran. In order to guard their precariously positioned empire, they had to have an army fit for protecting such a vast area of land, but also one that could execute successful sieges abroad and bring back wealth and riches to the king. Many historians agree that the Assyrian Empire created the first great army of the Ancient World.
Trained with ruthless discipline, their standing army was armed with both melee and long-range weapons, including spears, iron swords, bows and arrows, and other types of siege equipment used to conquer fortified cities. The Assyrians were the first people to use complicated weapons such as battering rams and siege towers so as to break down gates and climb over walls. They also had war chariots which were mainly used to smash into and create gaps in enemy lines by generals.