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King of Babylon
Reign ca. 626 – 605 BC
Predecessor Ashur-uballit II
Successor Nebuchadnezzar II
Born ca. 658 BC
Died ca. 605 BC

Nabopolassar (/ˌnæbɵpəˈlæsər/; Akkadian: Nebû-apal-usur; c. 658 BC – 605 BC) was the king of Babylonia and played a key role in the demise of the Assyrian Empire following the death of the last powerful Assyrian king, Ashurbanipal.[1] He ruled over Babylon for twenty years (625–605 BC).

Military campaigns[edit]

Nabopolassar revolted against the Assyrian Empire (which had ruled Babylon for the previous 200 years) after the death of the last effective Assyrian king, Ashurbanipal, some time between 631 BC and 627 BC. He then took on the title of King of Babylonia.

Assyria, weakened by internal strife and ineffectual rule following the death of Ashurbanipal, was unable to resist the alliance of the Chaldeans and Medes, who combined to sack the Assyrian capital of Nineveh in 612 BC. Following a prolonged siege at the Battle of Nineveh, Nabopolassar took control of Nineveh. In 609 BC, Nabopolassar took the Assyrian city of Harran, where Assyrian forces had retreated after the fall of Nineveh.

From 610 BC until his death, Nabopolassar also waged war against Egypt, which was allied with Assyria. In 605 BC, his son Nebuchadnezzar fought Pharaoh Necho II of Egypt and the remnants of the Assyrian army at the Battle of Carchemish, shortly before Nabopolassar died.

Later years[edit]

Once his forces had defeated the Assyrians and their Egyptian allies, Nabopolassar gave up the throne in favour of his son, Nebuchadnezzar II. Within months of his abdication in 605 BC, Nabopolassar died of natural causes at about 53 years of age.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ D. Brendan Nagle, The Ancient World: A Social and Cultural History, 6th ed., Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson, 58.

External links[edit]

  • ABC 2: Chronicle Concerning the Early Years of Nabopolassar
  • ABC 3: Chronicle Concerning the Fall of Nineveh
  • ABC 4: Chronicle Concerning the Late Years of Nabopolassar
  • Nabopolassar Cylinder
Preceded by
(possibly Ashurbanipal of Assyria, or else a viceroy)
King of Babylon
626–605 BC
Succeeded by
Nebuchadnezzar II