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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 978,881 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia. Belshazzar is the 256th most popular religious figure (down from 254th in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from Iraq (down from 19th in 2019) and the 7th 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 256 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Alexander III, Abd al-Muttalib, Pope Gelasius I, Pope Liberius, Nathan, and Pope Eugene II. After him are Pope John XII, Pope Paschal I, Philip Melanchthon, Pope Benedict IX, Pope John XIX, and Pope Gregory IV.

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

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Among people born in Iraq, Belshazzar ranks 22 out of 338Before him are Zaha Hadid (1950), Sennacherib (-740), Sargon II (-750), Ezra (-500), Al-Masudi (896), and Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200). After him are Ahmad Sanjar (1100), Khosrow II (570), Al-Ma'mun (786), Nur ad-Din (1116), Idris (-3500), and Fuzûlî (1494).

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Among religious figures born in Iraq, Belshazzar ranks 7Before him are Abraham (-1813), Abu Hanifa (698), Sarah (-1803), Mani (216), Rabia of Basra (710), and Ezra (-500). After him are Idris (-3500), Muhammad al-Mahdi (869), Eber (-2038), Ibn Hisham (701), Junayd of Baghdad (830), and Hillel the Elder (-110).