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Coordinates: 36°23′N 43°07′E / 36.383°N 43.117°E / 36.383; 43.117 Tarbisu (modern Sherif Khan, Ninawa Governorate, Iraq) was an ancient city about 3 miles north of Nineveh.

Tarbisu is located in Iraq
Location in Iraq
Coordinates: 36°23′00″N 43°07′00″E / 36.38333°N 43.11667°E / 36.38333; 43.11667


Tarabisu was a minor town until the control of the Assyrian Empire was moved to nearby Nineveh by Sennacherib. Two palaces were built there, one by Esarhaddon for his son and crown prince, Ashurbanipal. Two temples were found at the site, one being the temple of Nergal, constructed by Sennacherib, and added to by Ashurbanipal. One of the gates in the northwest wall of Nineveh was named for Nergal and the road from that gate to Tarbisu was paved completely in stone by Sennacherib.

Tarbisu was captured by the Medes, led by Cyaxares in the 12th year of Nabopolassar, king of Babylon and faded along with the Assyrian Empire.


Wall and Gates of Nineveh

Tarbisu was excavated by Austen Henry Layard, and then Sir Henry Rawlinson under the auspices of the British Museum in the mid-19th century. [1] [2]


  1. ^ Austin Henry Layard, Nineveh and its remains with an account of a visit to the Chaldæan christians of Kurdistan and the Yezidis, or devil-worshippers, and an enquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians, John Murray, 1849
  2. ^ Austin Henry Layard, Discoveries in the ruins of Nineveh and Babylon, John Murray, 1853

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  • A Sulaiman, Discovery of the Assyrian City of Tarbisu, Adab al-Rafidain, vol. 2, pp. 15–49, 1971 (Arabic)
  • J. E. Curtis, A. K. Grayson, Some Inscribed Objects from Sherif Khan in the British Museum, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 87–94, 1982

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