Ashur-nirari II

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Aššur-nērārī II, inscribed maš-šur-ERIM.GABA (=DÁḪ), "(the god) Aššur is my help,"[1] was the king of Assyria, the 68th to appear on the Assyrian Kinglist, ca. 1424–1418 BC or 1414–1408 BC depending on a later uncertainty in the chronology, at the tail end of the Old Assyrian period. The small city state of Aššur was a vassal state of the Mitanni empire at this time and still recovering from their sacking of the city under Šauštatar.

Biography[edit]

He was the son of IIlil-nāṣir II, who had preceded him on the Assyrian throne. According to the Khorsabad Kinglist[i 1] he reigned for seven years, the corresponding columns on the Nassouhi and SDAS Kinglists are damaged at this point.[2] A legal text[i 2] from Aššur is dated to the “Eponym of Ber-nādin-aḫḫe, son of Aššur-nērārī, supreme judge” and another[i 3] gives the witness “Šamaš-kidinnu, son of Ibaši-ilu, son of Ber-nādin-aḫḫe, supreme judge.” The title and genealogy suggest Ber-nādin-aḫḫe may have been an otherwise unattested successor to Aššur-nērārī.[3]

He was succeeded by his son, Aššur-bēl-nišešu.

Inscriptions[edit]

  1. ^ Khorsabad Kinglist, tablet IM 60017 (excavation nos.: DS 828, DS 32-54), iii 3.
  2. ^ KAJ 174.
  3. ^ KAJ 8.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A. Fuchs, K. Radner (1998). "Aššur-nērārī II". In K. Radner. The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, Volume 1, Part I: A. The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project. p. 208. 
  2. ^ I. J.Gelb (1954). "Two Assyrian King Lists". Journal of Near Eastern Studies XIII (4): 217. doi:10.1086/371224. 
  3. ^ A. K. Grayson (1972). Assyrian Royal Inscriptions, Volume 1. Otto Harrassowitz. p. 37. 
Preceded by
IIlil-nāṣir II
King of Assyria
1414–1407 BCE
Succeeded by
Aššur-bēl-nišešu