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The King of Assyria (Akkadian: šar māt Aššur),[1] called the Governor or Viceroy of Assyria (Akkadian: Išši’ak Aššur)[2] in the Early and Old periods, was the ruler of the ancient Mesopotamian kingdom of Assyria, which existed from approximately the 26th century BC to the 7th century BC. All modern lists of Assyrian kings generally follow the Assyrian King List, a list kept and developed by the ancient Assyrians themselves over the course of several centuries. Though some parts of the list are probably fictional, the list accords well with Hittite, Babylonian and ancient Egyptian king lists and with the archaeological record, and is generally considered reliable for the age.

King of Assyria
Detail. Sam'al stele of Esarhaddon, 671 BCE, Pergamon Museum.jpg
Close-up of the victory stele of Esarhaddon (r 681–669 BC), who brought the Neo-Assyrian Empire to its greatest extent
Details
First monarchTudiya
(traditional)
Shalim-ahum
(earliest contemporarily attested)
Last monarchAshur-uballit II
Formationc. 2450 BC
Abolition609 BC
AppointerDivine right, hereditary

The ancient Assyrians did not believe that their king was divine himself, but saw their ruler as the vicar of their principal deity, Ashur, and as his chief representative on Earth. In their worldview, Assyria represented a place of order while lands not governed by the Assyrian king (and by extension, the god Ashur) were seen as places of chaos and disorder. As such it was seen as the king's duty to expand the borders of Assyria and bring order and civilization to lands perceived as uncivilized.

Originally vassals of more powerful empires, the early Assyrian kings used the title governor or viceroy (Išši’ak), which was retained as the ruling title after Assyria gained independence due to the title of king (šar) being applied to the god Ashur. Later Assyrian kings, beginning with Ashur-uballit I (14th century BC) adopted the title šar māt Aššur as their empire expanded and later also adopted more boastful titles such as "king of Sumer and Akkad", "king of the Universe" and "king of the Four Corners of the World", often to assert their control over all of Mesopotamia.

The line of Assyrian kings ended with the defeat of Assyria's final king Ashur-uballit II by the Neo-Babylonian Empire and the Median Empire in 609 BC, after which Assyria disappeared as an independent political unit, never to rise again. The Assyrian people survived and remain as an ethnic, linguistic, religious (most being Christians since the 1st–3rd centuries AD) and cultural minority in the Assyrian homeland and elsewhere to this day.

SourcesEdit

 
Assyrian King List of the 7th century BC on a terracotta tablet, from Aššur, Iraq. Housed at the Museum of the Ancient Orient, Istanbul.

Incomplete king-lists have been recovered from all three of the major ancient Assyrian capitals (Aššur, Dur-Šarukkin and Nineveh). The three lists are largely consistent with each other, all originally copies of a single original list, and are based on the yearly appointments of limmu-officials (the eponymous officials for each year, appointed by the king to preside over the celebration of the New Year festival). Because of the consistency between the list and the method through which it was created, modern scholars usually accept the regnal years mentioned as more or less correct. There are some differences between the copies of the list, notably in that they offer somewhat diverging regnal years before the reign of king Ashur-dan I of the Middle Assyrian Empire (reign beginning in 1178 BC). After 1178 BC, the lists are identical in their contents.[3]

The king-lists mostly accord well with Hittite, Babylonian and ancient Egyptian king lists and with the archaeological record, and are generally considered reliable for the age.[4] It is however clear that parts of the list are fictional, as some known kings are not found on the list and other listed kings are not independently verified.[5] Originally it was assumed that the list was first written in the time of Shamshi-Adad I circa 1800 BC but it now is considered to date from much later, probably from the time of Ashurnasirpal I (1050–1031 BC).[6] The oldest of the surviving king-lists, List A (8th century BC) stops at Tiglath-Pileser II (c. 967–935 BC) and the youngest, List C, stops at Shalmaneser V (727–722 BC).[7]

One problem that arises with the Assyrian King List is that the creation of the list may have been more motivated by political interest than actual chronological and historical accuracy. In times of civil strife and confusion, the list still adheres to a single royal line of descent, probably ignoring rival claimants to the throne.[8] Additionally, there are some known inconsistencies between the list and actual inscriptions by Assyrian kings, often regarding dynastic relationships. For instance, Ashur-nirari II is stated by the list to be the son of his predecessor Enlil-Nasir II, but from inscriptions it is known that he was actually the son of Ashur-rabi I and brother of Enlil-Nasir.[9]

TitlesEdit

 
Text and seal of Shamash-shum-ukim, a Neo-Assyrian king of Babylon, featuring a depiction of the king fighting an oryx antelope. Now housed in the British Museum.

Assyrian royal titles typically followed trends that had begun under the Akkadian Empire (c. 2334–2154 BC), the Mesopotamian civilization that preceded the later kingdoms of Assyria and Babylon. When the Mesopotamian central government under the Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2112–2004 BC) collapsed and polities that had once been vassals to Ur became independent, many of the new sovereign rulers refrained from taking the title of king (šar), instead applying that title to their principal deities (in the case of Assyria, Ashur). For this reason, most of the Assyrian kings of the Old Assyrian period (c. 2025–1378 BC) used the title Išši’ak Aššur, translating to "governor of Assyria".[10][2]

In contrast to the titles employed by the Babylonian kings in the south, which typically focused on the protective role and the piety of the king, Assyrian royal inscriptions tend to glorify the strength and power of the king.[11] Assyrian titularies usually also often emphasize the royal genaeology of the king, something Babylonian titularies do not, and also drive home the king's moral and physical qualities while downplaying his role in the judicial system.[12] Assyrian epithets about royal lineage vary in how far they stretch back, most often simply discussing lineage in terms of "son of ..." or "brother of ...". Some cases display lineage stretching back much further, Shamash-shuma-ukin (r. 667–648 BC) describes himself as a "descendant of Sargon II", his great-grandfather. More extremely, Esarhaddon (r. 681–669 BC) calls himself a "descendant of the eternal seed of Bel-bani", a king who would have lived more than a thousand years before him.[13]

Assyrian royal titularies were often changed depending on where the titles were to be displayed, the titles of the same Assyrian king would have been different in their home country of Assyria and in conquered regions. Those Neo-Assyrian kings who controlled the city of Babylon used a "hybrid" titulary of sorts in the south, combining aspects of the Assyrian and Babylonian tradition, similar to how the traditional Babylonian deities were promoted in the south alongside the Assyrian main deity of Ashur.[12] The assumption of many traditional southern titles, including the ancient "king of Sumer and Akkad" and the boastful "king of the Universe" and "king of the Four Corners of the World", by the Assyrian kings served to legitimize their rule and assert their control over Babylon and lower Mesopotamia.[14] Epithets like "chosen by the god Marduk and the goddess Sarpanit" and "favourite of the god Ashur and the goddess Mullissu", both assumed by Esarhaddon, illustrate that he was both Assyrian (Ashur and Mullissu, the main pair of Assyrian deities) and a legitimate ruler over Babylon (Marduk and Sarpanit, the main pair of Babylonian deities).[15]

To examplify an Assyrian royal title from the time Assyria ruled all of Mesopotamia, the titulature preserved in one of Esarhaddon's inscriptions read as follows[16]:

The great king, the mighty king, king of the Universe, king of Assyria, viceroy of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, son of Sennacherib, the great king, the mighty king, king of Assyria, grandson of Sargon, the great king, the mighty king, king of Assyria; who under the protection of Assur, Sin, Shamash, Nabu, Marduk, Ishtar of Nineveh, Ishtar of Arbela, the great gods, his lords, made his way from the rising to the setting sun, having no rival.

Role of the Assyrian kingEdit

 
The Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal, depicting the King Ashurbanipal (r. 668–631 BC) engaging in a ritual lion hunt, a sport reserved for royalty and symbolically representing the king's duty to bring order to the world

Ancient Assyria was an absolute monarchy, with the king believed to be appointed directly through divine right by the chief deity, Ashur.[17] The Assyrians believed that the king was the link between the gods and the earthly realm. As such, it was the king's primary duty to discover the will of the gods and enact this, often through the construction of temples or waging war. To aid the king with this duty, there was a number of priests at the royal court trained in reading and interpreting signs from the gods.[18]

The heartland of the Assyrian realm, Assyria itself, was thought to represent a serene and perfect place of order whilst the lands governed by foreign powers were perceived as infested with disorder and chaos.[17] The peoples of these "outer" lands were seen as uncivilized, strange and as speaking strange languages.[19] Because the king was the earthly link to the gods, it was his duty to spread order throughout the world through the military conquest of these strange and chaotic countries.[17] As such, imperial expansion was not just expansion for expansion's sake but was also seen as a process of bringing divine order and destroying chaos to create civilization.[19]

There exists several ancient inscriptions in which the god Ashur explicitly orders kings to extend the borders of Assyria. A text from the reign of Tukulti-Ninurta I (r. c. 1233–1197 BC) states that the king received a royal scepter and was commanded to "broaden the land of Ashur". A similar inscription from the reign of Ashurbanipal (r. 668–631 BC) commands the king to "extend the land at his feet".[19]

The king was also tasked with protecting his own people, often being referred to as a "shepherd". This protection included defending against external enemies and defending citizens from dangerous wild animals. To the Assyrians, the most dangerous animal of all was the lion, used (similarly to foreign powers) as an example of chaos and disorder due to their aggressive nature. To prove themselves worthy of rule and illustrate that they were competent protectors, Assyrian kings engaged in ritual lion hunts. Lion-hunting was reserved for Assyrian royalty and was a public event, staged at parks in or near the Assyrian cities.[17] In some cases, the hunt even took place with captive lions in an arena.[20]

LegitimacyEdit

As opposed to some other ancient monarchies, such as ancient Egypt, the Assyrian king was not believed to be divine himself, but was seen as divinely chosen and uniquely qualified for the royal duties. Most kings stressed their legitimacy through their familial connections to previous kings; a king was legitimate through his relation to the previous line of great kings who had been chosen by Ashur. Usurpers who were unrelated to previous kings usually either simply lied about being the son of some previous monarch or claimed that they had been divinely appointed directly by Ashur.[19]

Two prominent examples of such usurpers are the kings Tiglath-Pileser III (r. 745–727 BC) and Sargon II (r. 722–705 BC). The inscriptions of these kings completely lack any familial references to previous kings, instead stressing that Ashur himself had appointed them directly with phrases such as "Ashur called my name", "Ashur placed me on the throne" and "Ashur placed his merciless weapon in my hand".[19]

Early Assyrian kingsEdit

As in the Sumerian king list, it is possible that some of the rulers listed below were contemporaries rather than predecessors and successors of each other.[21] No dates are provided by the Assyrian King List for kings preceding the Old Assyrian Empire, making the lengths of the reigns of these kings (many of which may not have existed at all) unknown.[3]

"Kings who lived in tents"

 
Approximate political map of the Ancient Near East c. 2500 BC

The intention of the author of the list, describing the first (probably all fictional, note the rhyming names) seventeen kings as "kings who lived in tents", was probably to indicate them as nomadic kings of the Assyrians.[3] Considering them "living in tents", these rulers (if they were real in the first place) probably did not govern the actual city of Aššur itself.[21] It is possible that the conclusion of this section on the king list would have indicated an end of the nomadic period of Assyrian history and the foundation of Aššur.[22] The sixteenth king, Ushpia, was designated by later Assyrians as the founder of the temple dedicated to Ashur in Aššur.[22]

Name Ref
Tudiya
Tūdīja
[3][23]
Adamu
Adāmu
[3][23]
Yangi
Jangi
[3][23]
Suhlamu
Suḫlāmu
[3][23]
Harharu
Ḫarḫaru
[3][23]
Mandaru
Mandāru
[3][23]
Imsu
Imṣu
[3][23]
Harsu
Ḫarṣu
[3][23]
Didanu
Didānu
[3][23]
Hana
Ḫanû
[3][23]
Zuabu
Zuabu
[3][23]
Nuabu
Nuabu
[3][23]
Abazu
Abāzu
[3][23]
Belu
Bēlû
[3][23]
Azarah
Azaraḫ
[3][23]
Ushpia
Ušpia
[3][23]

"Kings who were ancestors"

The meaning of "kings who were ancestors" is unclear, this section is also the only section of the Assyrian king list to be written in reverted order for reasons unknown. The list mentions "ten kings who were ancestors" but includes the final king of the "kings who lived in tents", Apiashal, as one of them, possibly an error.[3] To avoid repetition, Apiashal has been left out of the previous section in this list.

Name Succession & notes Ref
Apiashal
Apiašal
Son of Ushpia [3][23]
Hale
Ḫalê
Son of Apiashal [3][23]
Samani
Samānu
Son of Hale [3][23]
Hayani
Ḫajjāni
Son of Samani [3][23]
Ilu-Mer
Ilī-Mēr
Son of Hayani [3][23]
Yakmesi
Jakmesi
Son of Ilu-Mer [3][23]
Yakmeni
Jakmeni
Son of Yakmesi [3][23]
Yazkur-el
Jazkur-il
Son of Yakmeni [3][23]
Ila-kabkabu
Ila-kabkabū
Son of Yazkur-el [3][23]
Aminu
Aminu
Son of Ila-kabkabu [3][23]

"Kings named on bricks whose eponyms are unknown"

The kings listed in this section would probably have been early rulers of Aššur.[7] King Kikkia is mentioned by later kings as having restored the inner city wall of Aššur.[24] In addition to the three kings listed here, three further kings are listed as "kings named on bricks whose eponyms are unknown" in the Assyrian king list,[7] but they are in this list presented in the following section due to their dynastic relationship to later kings.

Name Succession & notes Ref
Sulili
Sulili
Son of Aminu [3][23]
Kikkia
Kīkkia
Unclear succession [3][23]
Akiya
Akīa
Unclear succession [3][23]

Old Assyrian kings (c. 2025–1366/1353 BC)Edit

Dynasty of Puzur-AshurEdit

 
Approximate political map of the Ancient Near East c. 1900 BC

The period beginning with Puzur-Ashur I's reign is sometimes referred to as the Dynasty of Puzur-Ashur.[25] Puzur-Ashur's line saw the beginning of true Akkadian names in the Assyrian royal line as opposed to earlier names which may have corresponded closer to Hurrian names.[21]

Name Succession & notes Ref
Puzur-Ashur I
Puzur-Aššur
Unclear succession [3]
Shalim-ahum
Šallim-aḫḫe
Son of Puzur-Ashur I [3]
Ilu-shuma
Ilu-šūma
Son of Shalim-ahum [3]
Erishum I
Erišum
Son of Ilu-shuma [3]
Ikunum
Ikūnum
Son of Ilu-shuma [3]
Sargon I
Šarru-ukīn
Son of Ikunum [3]
Puzur-Ashur II
Puzur-Aššur
Son of Sargon I [3]
Naram-Sin
Narām Sîn
Son of Puzur-Ashur II [3]
Erishum II
Erišum
Son of Naram-Sin [3]

Dynasty of Shamshi-AdadEdit

 
Approximate extent of Shamshi-Adad I's empire upon his death

Also referred to as the period of Amorite domination over Assyria.[26] From this section and onwards, the list records the dates of royal reigns in both the Middle chronology (indicated with MC) and Short chronology (indicated with SC), competing chronologies of ancient Mesopotamian history. The Middle Chronology tends to be favored by modern researchers.[27][28][29]

Name Reign Succession & notes Ref
Shamshi-Adad I
Šam-ši-Adad
1809 – 1776 BC (MC) Usurper; possibly a descendant of Sulili [3]
Ishme-Dagan I
Išme-Dagān
1775 – 1736 BC (MC) Son of Shamshi-Adad I [3]
Mut-Ashkur
Mut-Aškur
1735 – 1720 BC (MC)
Typically undated (SC)
Son of Ishme-Dagan I [3][30]
Rimush
Rimuš
1720 – 1710 BC (MC)
Typically undated (SC)
Unclear relation; descendant of Shamshi-Adad I [3][30]
Asinum
Asīnum
1710 – 1706 BC (MC)
Typically undated (SC)
Grandson of Shamshi-Adad I [3][30]

Seven usurpersEdit

After the end of Shamshi-Adad's dynasty, seven competing claimants reigned for a total of just six years. Ashur-dugul appears to have ruled throughout most of the period, making the extent of the rule of the other usurpers unclear.[31]

Name Reign Succession & notes Ref
Ashur-dugul
Aššur-dugul
1706 – 1700 BC (MC)
Typically undated (SC)
Usurper; unrelated to previous kings [3][30]
Ashur-apla-idi
Aššur-apla-iddina
Usurper; unrelated to previous kings; extent of rule unclear [3][30]
Nasir-Sin
Nāsir Sîn
Usurper; unrelated to previous kings; extent of rule unclear [3][30]
Sin-namir
Sîn-nāmir
Usurper; unrelated to previous kings; extent of rule unclear [3][30]
Ipqi-Ishtar
Ipqi-Ištar
Usurper; unrelated to previous kings; extent of rule unclear [3][30]
Adad-salulu
Adad-salulu
Usurper; unrelated to previous kings; extent of rule unclear [3][30]
Adasi
Adasi
Usurper; unrelated to previous kings; extent of rule unclear [3][30]

Adaside dynasty (c. 1700/1680–745 BC)Edit

 
Approximate political map of the Ancient Near East c. 1700 BC
 
Approximate political map of the Ancient Near East c. 1600 BC

The Adasides ruled Assyria from the middle of the Old Assyrian period to the dynasty's fall (and replacement by the Sargonid dynasty) in the middle of the Neo-Assyrian period, ruling for nearly a thousand years.[32]

Name Reign Succession & notes Ref
Bel-bani
Bēlu-bāni
1700 – 1691 BC (MC)
1680 – 1671 BC (SC)
Son of Adasi [3][30]
Libaya
Libaia
1690 – 1674 BC (MC)
1670 – 1654 BC (SC)
Son of Bel-bani or Adasi [3][30]
Sharma-Adad I
Šarma-Adad
1673 – 1662 BC (MC)
1653 – 1642 BC (SC)
Son of Libaya or Adasi [3][30]
Iptar-Sin
Ib-Tar-Sîn
1661 – 1650 BC (MC)
1641 – 1630 BC (SC)
Son of Sharma-Adad I or Adasi [3][30]
Bazaya
Bāzāiu
1649 – 1622 BC (MC)
1629 – 1602 BC (SC)
Son of Iptar-Sin or Bel-bani [3][30]
Lullaya
Lulāiu
1621 – 1616 BC (MC)
1601 – 1596 BC (SC)
Usurper; unrelated to the Adaside dynasty [3][30]
Shu-Ninua
Šu-Ninua
1615 – 1602 BC (MC)
1596 – 1583 BC (SC)
Son of Bazaya [3][30]
Sharma-Adad II
Šarma-Adad
1601 – 1598 BC (MC)
1582 – 1580 BC (SC)
Son of Shu-Ninua [3][30]
Erishum III
Erišum
1598 – 1586 BC (MC)
1579 – 1567 BC (SC)
Son of Sharma-Adad II [3][30]
Shamshi-Adad II
Šam-ši-Adad
1585 – 1580 BC (MC)
1567 – 1561 BC (SC)
Son of Erishum III [3][30]
Ishme-Dagan II
Išme-Dagān
1580 – 1564 BC (MC)
1561 – 1545 BC (SC)
Son of Shamshi-Adad II [3][30]
Shamshi-Adad III
Šam-ši-Adad
1564 – 1548 BC (MC)
1545 – 1529 BC (SC)
Nephew of Sharma-Adad II [3][30]
Ashur-nirari I
Aššur-nārāri
1548 – 1522 BC (MC)
1529 – 1503 BC (SC)
Son of Ishme-Dagan II [3][30]
Puzur-Ashur III
Puzur-Aššur
1522 – 1498 BC (MC)
1503 – 1479 BC (SC)
Son of Ashur-nirari I [3][30]
Enlil-nasir I
Enlīl-nāsir
1498 – 1485 BC (MC)
1479 – 1466 BC (SC)
Son of Puzur-Ashur III [3][30]
Nur-ili
Nur-ili
1485 – 1473 BC (MC)
1466 – 1454 BC (SC)
Son of Enlil-nasir I [3][30]
Ashur-shaduni
Aššur-šaddûni
1473 BC (MC)
1454 BC (SC)
Son of Nur-ili [3][30]
Ashur-rabi I
Aššur-rabi
1473 – 1433 BC (MC)
1453 – 1435 BC (SC)
Son of Enlil-nasir I; usurped the throne from Ashur-shaduni [3][30]
Ashur-nadin-ahhe I
Aššur-nādin-ahhē
1433 BC (MC)
1435 – 1420 BC (SC)
Son of Ashur-rabi I [3][30]
Enlil-nasir II
Enlīl-nāsir
1433 – 1427 BC (MC)
1420 – 1414 BC (SC)
Son of Ashur-rabi I; usurped the throne from Ashur-nadin-ahhe I [3][30]
Ashur-nirari II
Aššur-nārāri
1427 – 1420 BC (MC)
1414 – 1407 BC (SC)
Son of Ashur-rabi I [3][30]
Ashur-bel-nisheshu
Aššūr-bēl-nīšēšu
1420 – 1411 BC (MC)
1407 – 1398 BC (SC)
Son of Ashur-nirari II [3][30]
Ashur-rim-nisheshu
Aššūr-rā’im-nīšēšu
1411 – 1403 BC (MC)
1398 – 1390 BC (SC)
Son of Ashur-nirari II [3][30]
Ashur-nadin-ahhe II
Aššur-nādin-ahhē
1403 – 1393 BC (MC)
1390 – 1380 BC (SC)
Son of Ashur-rim-nisheshu [3][30]
Eriba-Adad I
Erība-Adad
1393 – 1366 BC (MC)
1380 – 1353 BC (SC)
Son of Ashur-rim-nisheshu [3][30]

Middle Assyrian kings (1365/1353–912 BC)Edit

 
The territory of the Middle Assyrian Empire in the 13th to 11th centuries BC
Name Reign Succession & notes Ref
Ashur-uballit I
Aššur-uballiṭ
1365 – 1330 BC (MC)
1353 – 1318 BC (SC)
Son of Eriba-Adad I [3][33]
Enlil-nirari
Enlīl-nārāri
1329 – 1320 BC (MC)
1317 – 1308 BC (SC)
Son of Ashur-uballit I [3][33]
Arik-den-ili
Arīk-den-ili
1319 – 1308 BC (MC)
1307 – 1296 BC (SC)
Son of Enlil-nirari [3][33]
Adad-nirari I
Adad-nārārī
1307 – 1275 BC (MC)
1295 – 1264 BC (SC)
Son of Arik-den-ili [3][33]
Shalmaneser I
Šulmanu-ašaridu
1274 – 1245 BC (MC)
1263 – 1234 BC (SC)
Son of Adad-nirari I [3][33]
Tukulti-Ninurta I
Tukultī-Ninurta
1244 – 1208 BC (MC)
1233 – 1197 BC (SC)
Son of Shalmaneser I [3][33]
Ashur-nadin-apli
Aššūr-nādin-apli
1207 – 1204 BC (MC)
1196 – 1194 BC (SC)
Son of Tukulti-Ninurta I; usurped the throne from his father [3][33]
Ashur-nirari III
Aššur-nārāri
1203 – 1198 BC (MC)
1193 – 1188 BC (SC)
Son or nephew of Ashur-nadin-apli [3][33]
Enlil-kudurri-usur
Enlilbe-kudúr-uṣur
1197 – 1193 BC (MC)
1187 – 1183 BC (SC)
Son of Tukulti-Ninurta I; usurped the throne from Ashur-nirari III [3][33]
Ninurta-apal-Ekur
Ninurta-apal-ekur
1192 – 1180 BC (MC)
1182 – 1180 BC (SC)
Descendant of Eriba-Adad I; usurped the throne from Enlil-kudurri-usur [3][33]
Ashur-dan I
Aššur-dān
1179 – 1134 BC Son of Ashur-nadin-apli; regnal dates from Ashur-dan I onwards are consistent in all chronologies [3][33]
Ninurta-tukulti-Ashur
Ninurta-tukultī-Aššur
1133 BC Son of Ashur-dan I [3][33]
Mutakkil-nusku
Mutakkil-nusku
1133 BC Son of Ashur-dan I; usurped the throne from Ninurta-tukulti-Ashur [3][33]
Ashur-resh-ishi I
Aššur-rēša-iši
1132 – 1115 BC Son of Mutakkil-nusku [3][33]
Tiglath-Pileser I
Tukultī-apil-Ešarra
1114 – 1076 BC Son of Ashur-resh-ishi I [3][33]
Asharid-apal-Ekur
Ašarēd-apil-Ekur
1075 – 1074 BC Son of Tiglath-Pileser I [3][33]
Ashur-bel-kala
Aššūr-bēl-kala
1073 – 1056 BC Son of Tiglath-Pileser I [3][33]
Eriba-Adad II
Erība-Adad
1055 – 1054 BC Son of Ashur-bel-kala [3][33]
Shamshi-Adad IV
Šam-ši-Adad
1053 – 1050 BC Son of Tiglath-Pileser I; usurped the throne from Eriba-Adad II [33]
Ashurnasirpal I
Aššur-nāṣir-apli
1049 – 1031 BC Son of Shamshi-Adad IV [3][33]
Shalmaneser II
Šulmanu-ašaridu
1030 – 1019 BC Son of Ashurnasirpal I [3]
Ashur-nirari IV
Aššur-nārāri
1018 – 1013 BC Son of Shalmaneser II [3]
Ashur-rabi II
Aššur-rabi
1012 – 972 BC Son of Ashurnasirpal I [3]
Ashur-resh-ishi II
Aššur-rēša-iši
971 – 967 BC Son of Ashur-rabi II [3]
Tiglath-Pileser II
Tukultī-apil-Ešarra
967 – 935 BC Son of Ashur-resh-ishi II [3]
Ashur-dan II
Aššur-dān
935 – 912 BC Son of Tiglath-Pileser II [3]

Neo-Assyrian kings (912–609 BC)Edit

 
Territory and expansion of the Neo-Assyrian Empire in the reign of Ashurnasirpal II
 
Territory and expansion of the Neo-Assyrian Empire in the reign of Shalmaneser III
Image Name Reign Succession & notes Ref
Adad-nirari II
Adad-nārārī
912 – 891 BC Son of Ashur-dan II [3]
Tukulti-Ninurta II
Tukultī-Ninurta
891 – 884 BC Son of Adad-nirari II [3][34]
  Ashurnasirpal II
Aššur-nāṣir-apli
884 – 859 BC Son of Tukulti-Ninurta II [3][34]
  Shalmaneser III
Šulmanu-ašaridu
859 – 824 BC Son of Ashurnasirpal II [3][34]
  Shamshi-Adad V
Šam-ši-Adad
824 – 811 BC Son of Shalmaneser III [3][34]
  Adad-nirari III
Adad-nārārī
811 – 783 BC Son of Shamshi-Adad V [3][34]
Shalmaneser IV
Šulmanu-ašaridu
783 – 773 BC Son of Adad-nirari III [3][34]
Ashur-dan III
Aššur-dān
773 – 755 BC Son of Adad-nirari III [3][34]
Ashur-nirari V
Aššur-nārāri
755 – 745 BC Son of Adad-nirari III [3][34]

Pre-Sargonid kings (745–722 BC)Edit

Image Name Reign Succession & notes Ref
  Tiglath-Pileser III
Tukultī-apil-Ešarra
745 – 727 BC Claimed to be the son of Adad-nirari III; usurped the throne from Ashur-nirari V [3][34][35][36]
  Shalmaneser V
Šulmanu-ašaridu
727 – 722 BC Son of Tiglath-Pileser III [3][34]

Sargonid dynasty (722–609 BC)Edit

 
The Neo-Assyrian Empire at the apex of its power in 671 BC, in the reign of Esarhaddon
Image Name Reign Succession & notes Ref
  Sargon II
Šarru-kīn
722 – 705 BC Claimed to be the son of Tiglath-Pileser III; usurped the throne from Shalmaneser V [3][34][37]
  Sennacherib
Sîn-aḥḥē-erība
705 – 681 BC Son of Sargon II [3][34]
  Esarhaddon
Aššur-aḫa-iddina
681 – 669 BC Son of Sennacherib [3][34]
  Ashurbanipal
Aššur-bāni-apli
669 – 631 BC Son of Esarhaddon [38][39]
Ashur-etil-ilani
Aššur-etel-ilāni
631 – 627 BC Son of Ashurbanipal [39]
Sinsharishkun
Sîn-šar-iškun
627 – 612 BC Son of Ashurbanipal [39]
  Sin-shumu-lishir
Sîn-šumu-līšir
626 BC General of Ashur-etil-ilani; rebelled against Sinsharishkun and attempted to claim the throne for himself [40]
Ashur-uballit II
Aššur-uballiṭ
612 – 609 BC Unclear relation; possibly the son of Sinsharishkun [41][42]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

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