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Belshazzar (Babylonian cuneiform: Bēl-šar-uṣur, meaning "Bel, protect the king"; Hebrew: בֵּלְשַׁאצַּר‎‎ Bēlšaʾṣṣar) was the son and crown prince of Nabonidus (r. 556–539 BC), the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. Through his mother he might have been a grandson of Nebuchadnezzar II (r. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Belshazzar has received more than 812,998 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Belshazzar is the 255th most popular religious figure (up from 287th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Iraq (up from 22nd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Iraqi Religious Figure.

Belshazzar is most famous for the story of the writing on the wall, which is told in the Bible's book of Daniel. In this story, a Babylonian king named Belshazzar throws a feast and drinks from the cups of gold and silver that his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem. He then sees a hand writing on the wall, and is so terrified that he falls down dead.

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Among religious figures, Belshazzar ranks 255 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Celestine I, Photios I of Constantinople, Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, Charles Borromeo, Pope Liberius, and Vincent de Paul. After him are Pope Adeodatus I, Sabbatai Zevi, Pope Anicetus, Judas Maccabeus, Saint Cecilia, and Pope Damasus I.

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Among people born in 600 BC, Belshazzar ranks 9Before him are Esther, Lucretia, Ānanda, Servius Tullius, Peisistratos, and Tomyris. After him are Cambyses I, Polycrates, Alexander I of Macedon, Lucius Junius Brutus, Maya, and Pheidippides. Among people deceased in 600 BC, Belshazzar ranks 5Before him are Laozi, Daniel, Draco, and Tomyris. After him are Astyages, Maya, Epimenides, Phalaris, Theano, Anacharsis, and Ibycus.

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Among people born in Iraq, Belshazzar ranks 19 out of 300Before him are Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), Rabia of Basra (710), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Zaha Hadid (1950), and Sennacherib (-740). After him are Sargon II (-750), Al-Ma'mun (786), Fuzûlî (1494), Nur ad-Din (1116), Muhammad al-Mahdi (869), and Al-Masudi (896).

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Among religious figures born in Iraq, Belshazzar ranks 6Before him are Abraham (-1813), Sarah (-1803), Abu Hanifa (698), Mani (216), and Rabia of Basra (710). After him are Muhammad al-Mahdi (869), Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin (659), Idris (-3500), Ezra (-500), Hasan al-Askari (846), and Junayd of Baghdad (830).