In the reign of Hezekiah, the kingdom of Judah became tributary to the Assyrians, who attempted the capture of Jerusalem.
The siege failed and the Assyrians retired.
Divination through the liver remained in force among the Assyrians and Babylonians down to the end of the Babylonian Empire.
These people themselves seem to have joined a revolt against the Assyrians, which was soon quelled.
The Persians are not mentioned in history before the time of Cyrus; the attempt to identify them with the Parsua, a district in the Zagros chains south of Lake Urmia, often mentioned by the Assyrians, is not tenable.
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