685 BC - 627 BC

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Ashurbanipal, also spelled Assurbanipal, Asshurbanipal and Asurbanipal (Neo-Assyrian cuneiform: , Aššur-bāni-apli or Aššur-bāni-habal, meaning "Ashur has given a son-heir") was the king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire from the death of his father Esarhaddon in 668 BC to his own death in 631 BC. The fourth king of the Sargonid dynasty, Ashurbanipal is generally remembered as the last great king of Assyria. At the time of Ashurbanipal's reign, the Neo-Assyrian Empire was the largest empire that the world had ever seen and its capital, Nineveh, was probably the largest city on the planet. Selected as heir by his father in 672 BC despite not being the eldest son, Ashurbanipal ascended to the throne in 669 BC jointly with his elder brother Shamash-shum-ukin, who became king of Babylon. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ashurbanipal has received more than 940,752 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Ashurbanipal is the 446th most popular politician (down from 268th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Iraq (down from 9th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Iraqi Politician.

Ashurbanipal was the last great king of Assyria, and he is most famous for his library.

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Among politicians, Ashurbanipal ranks 446 out of 15,710Before him are Mahmoud Abbas, Zenobia, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, Guy of Lusignan, Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor, and George I of Great Britain. After him are Robert Schuman, Charles the Simple, Vladimir the Great, Ludwig II of Bavaria, John, King of England, and Safiye Sultan.

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Among people born in 685 BC, Ashurbanipal ranks 1 Among people deceased in 627 BC, Ashurbanipal ranks 1After him are Cypselus, Ashur-etil-ilani, Sin-shumu-lishir, and Kandalanu.

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Among people born in Iraq, Ashurbanipal ranks 12 out of 300Before him are Sarah (-1803), Abu Hanifa (698), Ibn al-Haytham (965), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Mani (216), and Al-Kindi (801). After him are Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), Rabia of Basra (710), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Zaha Hadid (1950), and Sennacherib (-740).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Ashurbanipal ranks 6Before him are Saladin (1138), Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), and Sargon of Akkad (-2300). After him are Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Sennacherib (-740), Sargon II (-750), Al-Ma'mun (786), and Nur ad-Din (1116).