The Levant Region- 750- 605 BCE -- Assyria was the first iron age empire. The Assyrians were able to seize power after the destruction of the Hittites. Assyrians were a semitic speaking people, with origins on the Arabian peninsula. The Assyrians were known to be very harsh rulers. They used iron, primarily in weapons, throughout their empire, and were also known to be the first empire to use calvary forces. Their military excellence and use of iron contributed to their success sieging cities. The Assyrians successfully conquered numerous kingdoms. The Assyrian rule was so harsh that it's subject kingdoms revolted and overthrew the Assyrian's by 604 BCE. This revolution brought an end to the Assyrian empire.