The area north and east of Nineveh
in the foothills of the Taurus and Zagros Mountains, where
temperatures are cooler and elevations are higher than in southern
Mesopotamia was especially renowned in antiquity for its wine, corn,
and olive oil. Thus, King Sennacherib boasts of Assyria in 2 Kings
18:36: .. a land of grain (corn) and wine, a land of
bread and vineyards, a land of olive oil and honey ..