Ashurnasirpal II

1000 BC - 854 BC

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Ashur-nasir-pal II (transliteration: Aššur-nāṣir-apli, meaning "Ashur is guardian of the heir") was king of Assyria from 883 to 859 BC. Ashurnasirpal II succeeded his father, Tukulti-Ninurta II, in 883 BC. During his reign he embarked on a vast program of expansion, first conquering the peoples to the north in Asia Minor as far as Nairi and exacting tribute from Phrygia, then invading Aram (modern Syria) conquering the Aramaeans and Neo-Hittites between the Khabur and the Euphrates Rivers. His harshness prompted a revolt that he crushed decisively in a pitched, two-day battle. According to his monument inscription, while recalling this massacre he says: Their men young and old I took prisoners. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ashurnasirpal II has received more than 281,791 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Ashurnasirpal II is the 1,864th most popular politician (up from 1,969th in 2019), the 45th most popular biography from Iraq (up from 47th in 2019) and the 24th most popular Iraqi Politician.

Ashurnasirpal II was most famous for his military campaigns and the building of the city of Kalhu.

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Among politicians, Ashurnasirpal II ranks 1,864 out of 15,710Before him are Yulia Tymoshenko, Juba II, Rodolfo Graziani, Joseph I of Portugal, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, and Agostinho Neto. After him are Hotepsekhemwy, Tiglath-Pileser I, Archduke Maximilian Francis of Austria, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Julia Drusilla, and Michael the Brave.

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Among people born in 1000 BC, Ashurnasirpal II ranks 10Before him are Shoshenq I, Asa of Judah, Abijah of Judah, Devadatta, Baasha of Israel, and King Elah. After him are Nadab of Israel, Michal, Zimri, Omri, Hiram I, and Menelik I. Among people deceased in 854 BC, Ashurnasirpal II ranks 1

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Among people born in Iraq, Ashurnasirpal II ranks 45 out of 300Before him are Ahmad Sanjar (1085), Shalmaneser III (-900), Suleyman Shah (1178), Faisal II of Iraq (1935), Al-Ash'ari (873), and Al-Jahiz (775). After him are Tiglath-Pileser I (-1200), Al-Mutawakkil (822), Ahmad ibn Fadlan (900), Al-Musta'sim (1213), Šuppiluliuma I (-1344), and Ali Hassan al-Majid (1941).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Ashurnasirpal II ranks 24Before him are Naram-Sin of Akkad (-2254), Möngke Khan (1209), Ahmad Sanjar (1085), Shalmaneser III (-900), Suleyman Shah (1178), and Faisal II of Iraq (1935). After him are Tiglath-Pileser I (-1200), Al-Mutawakkil (822), Al-Musta'sim (1213), Šuppiluliuma I (-1344), Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr (1914), and Tiglath-Pileser III (-755).