Labaši-Marduk

Neriglissar: king of ancient Babylonia, ruled 556.

The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar died in 562 and was succeeded in by his son Amel-Marduk, who was almost immediately assassinated and replaced by his brother-in-law Neriglissar. When he died in 556, he was succeeded by his son Labaši-Marduk, who was removed by a coup d'état by a powerful Babylonian nobleman named Belshazzar and several officers.

It is usually assumed that this happened after three months, but the text of the Uruk King List contains a lacuna where one would expect to read an indication for the reign; it cannot be excluded that it said something like "1 year and 3 months". On the other hand, the fact that Ptolemy's Canon does not mention Labaši-Marduk suggests a very short reign. The fact that we don't know any military campaign, is significant as well.

However this may be, the officers put the old scholar Nabonidus on the throne.

This page was created in 2006; last modified on 9 August 2015.