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Labaši-Marduk


Neriglissar: king of ancient Babylonia, ruled 556.

Nebuchadnezzar died in 562 and was succeeded in by his son Amel-Marduk, who was almost murdered and replaced by his brother-in-law Neriglissar. When he died in 556, he was succeeded by his son Labaši-Marduk, who was immediately 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 can not 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.

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