Assyrian Dalek, ca. 865 BCE


23 Responses to “Assyrian Dalek, ca. 865 BCE”

  1. Stefan Jones says:


  2. I blame Doctor Who for letting that Dalek get loose in his Tardis…

  3. DevinC says:

    Of course, these monstrosities were defeated by Gilgamesh and his sexy companion Enkidu.

  4. Marja Erwin says:

    Off topic, but some of the ads are flashing, which is painful, and which may be more of a problem for some other readers. thanks.

  5. Argento Dei says:

    Dog armor with Vuvuzela

  6. Phlip says:

    Cute, but the original “Trojan Horse”, that helped win the Trojan War, was probably a siege tower exactly like that. It allowed men to get close enough to the wall – essentially piled rocks mortared with dirt – to use that ram to dig through them.

  7. Lemoutan says:

    The scale might be a little different. One is reminded of a lady on a phone-in asking for the identification of a bird, which she described in some detail. “What you have there is a finch” the expert said. To which she replied “I think not. It’s three feet tall.”

    • chenille says:

      This one is probably about three feet tall, too, judging by the size of the archers behind it. So only a little smaller than usual. It makes sense this is where a little Dalek would learn his trade, too, since Assyrians were no strangers to exterminating.

      • Hanglyman says:

         It’s a little hard to tell in the photo provided, but I’ve seen (and photographed) it in person, and it’s definitely supposed to be bigger than the people next to it. A wider view makes it clearer.

        • Boundegar says:

          Ancient artists didn’t do perspective.  The archers are probably bigger than the ram because they’re more important.  Or else they could skip the ram and shoot down into the city.

  8. ImmutableMichael says:

    If this is a season 7 spoiler I’ll be so pissed off…

  9. Jake0748 says:

    Oh please.  Daleks weren’t interested in human beans back in them REALLY old days.  Get outta town.

  10. Marja Erwin says:

    It seems to be about the same height as the humans. Isn’t that a little short for a siege tower? Doesn’t that make it more likely that this is a stylized image of a Dalek instead?

  11. Glippiglop says:

    Is that a plunger in its crotch, or is it just happy to see me?

  12. kjh says:

    There’s an Assyrian with a watch nearby.

  13. HubrisSonic says:


  14. Maxx England says:

    nasāḫu! nasāḫu!

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