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Nabopolassar


Cuneiform tablet with a description of the fall of Nineveh. British museum, London (Britain). Photo Jona Lendering.
Cuneiform tablet with a description of the fall of Nineveh (British Museum; ©**)
Nabopolassar: first king of the Late Babylonian Empire, ruled 626-605.

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Main deeds:

  • After the death of the Assyrian king Aššurbanipal in 631, the situation was confused, and the Babylonians revolted against their two Assyrian governors, Sin-šum-lišir and Sin-šar-iškun. The rebels defeated an Assyrian army, and the Babylonian general Nabopolassar was recognized as king on 23 November 626.
  • 625: Battle of Raqmat; after a victory, Nabopolassar retreats
  • 624: Inconclusive fighting near the Banitu Canal
  • 623: Fighting in Der
  • 616: Nabopolassar defeats the Assyrians near Gablini
  • 615: Winter: Babylonian victory at Arraphu; fighting at Takrita'in
  • 614: Sack of Aššur; rendez-vous between Nabopolassar and the Median leader Cyaxares. According to Berossus, Nebuchadnezzar marries the Median princess Amytis.
  • 612: Sack of Nineveh; continued war
  • 610: Capture of Harran
  • 608: Campaign against Urartu
  • 607: Campaign against Kimuhu (Commagene); Nebuchadnezzar campaigns in Biranati
  • 605: Nebuchadnezzar, the crown prince, defeats the Egyptian king Necho at Karchemiš
  • August 605: Death of Nabopolassar; Nebuchadnezzar becomes king
Succeeded by: his son Nebuchadnezzar II

Sources:

Ancient-Warfare.com, the online home of Ancient Warfare magazine
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