Visual Timeline: Dur-Sharrukin
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722 BCE - 705 BCE: Reign of Sargon II of Assyria.
717 BCE - 707 BCE: Construction of the city of Dur-Sharrukin, decreed by Sargon II.
713 BCE - 710 BCE: Sargon II personally oversees construction of Dur-Sharrukin.
706 BCE: Sargon II moves into his new palace at Dur-Sharrukin, city is capital of Assyrian Empire (replacing Kalhu).
705 BCE: Death of Sargon II, Sennacherib ascends to the throne.
705 BCE: Sennacherib moves the capital to Nineveh, Dur-Sharrukin is abandoned.