Nabu-suma-ukin II

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Nabû-šuma-ukîn II
King of Babylon
Reign732 BC
PredecessorNabû-nādin-zēri
SuccessorNabû-mukin-zēri
HouseDynasty of E

Nabû-šuma-ukîn II, inscribed m[d]Nabû-šuma-úkîn[i 1] or mŠuma-[úkîn],[i 2] whose complete name is only known from the Kinglist A, was a usurper and briefly king of Babylon for one month and two days during 732 BC before he was swept aside by his successor, Nabû-mukin-zēri.

Biography[edit]

His reign was so fleeting he was omitted from the Ptolemaic Canon.[1] His Assyrian contemporary was Tukultī-apil-Ešarra III who was too distracted campaigning in Syria to react to political events. He came to power as a disaffected former provincial governor leading a rebellion against Nabû-nādin-zēri, the son and successor of Nabû-Nasir.[2]

He was deposed and replaced by the Chaldean chief, Nabû-mukin-zēri, of the Bīt-Amukani tribe, within weeks establishing a trend as later pretenders from the traditional Babylonian population were likewise to be displaced quickly by Chaldeans, Marduk-zakir-šumi II by Marduk-apla-iddina II in 703 BC and Nergal-ušezib by Mušezib-Marduk in 692 BC.[3]

Inscriptions[edit]

  1. ^ Kinglist A, BM 33332, iv 5.
  2. ^ Chronicle on the Reigns from Nabû-Nasir to Šamaš-šuma-ukin (ABC 1), i 16–18.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A. K. Grayson (1975). Assyrian and Babylonian chronicles. J. J. Augustin. p. 231.
  2. ^ J. A. Brinkman (1968). A political history of post-Kassite Babylonia, 1158-722 B.C. Analecta Orientalia. pp. 235–236.
  3. ^ J. A. Brinkman (1984). Prelude to Empire: Babylonian Society and Politics, 747-626 B.C. 7. Philadelphia: Occasional Publications of the Babylonian Fund. p. 23.