Sennacherib chose a site for the palace close to the Tebiltu river, but there were already foundations of an older building there which the river had eroded.

Sennacherib wanted his palace to be built on solid ground so he had the course of the river changed.

 

"I forced people from many countries who did not respect me to make bricks. The old palace I pulled down completely.

The river Tebiltu, which had flowed by the palace and during floods had caused much damage, I changed its course to water farm land instead."

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