The text begins, "When [the god] Ashur who ... made my sovereignty supreme, placed his merciless weapon in my lordly arms, I felled with the sword the extensive troops of the Lullumu in battle. With the help of the gods Shamash and Adad ... I thundered ... against the troops of ... the Nairi and the Shubaru. I subdued the territory from the Tigris to Mount Lebanon and the Great Sea". The text continues with a detailed list of the other states and cities conquered which include Urartu and Kardunias (Kassite Babylonia). Finally comes a lengthy encomium "Ashurnasirpal worshipper of the great gods, crowned with splendour, fearless in battle ... who has ... brought under one authority merciless kings from east and west". The above fragment includes a reference to Ashurnasirpal's most famous campaign in 877 B.C. when he marched to the Mediterranean, extracting 'gifts' from cities as far away as Tyre and Sidon.