658 BC - 605 BC

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Nabopolassar (Neo-Babylonian Akkadian: 𒀭𒉺𒀀𒉽, romanized: Nabû-apla-uṣur, meaning "Nabu, protect the son") was the founder and first king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, ruling from his coronation as king of Babylon in 626 BC to his death in 605 BC. Though initially only aimed at restoring and securing the independence of Babylonia, Nabopolassar's uprising against the Neo-Assyrian Empire, which had ruled Babylonia for more than a century, eventually led to the complete destruction of the Assyrian Empire and the rise of the Neo-Babylonian Empire in its place. Of unclear, possibly Chaldean, origin and potentially connected to a powerful political family in the southern city of Uruk, Nabopolassar revolted against the Neo-Assyrian king Sinsharishkun at an opportune moment when Babylonia was already plagued by political instability. Though the advantage shifted back and forth dramatically several times, Nabopolassar managed to decisively push the Assyrians out of Babylonia after nearly ten years of fighting. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nabopolassar has received more than 524,884 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Nabopolassar is the 2,073rd most popular politician (down from 1,072nd in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from Iraq (down from 30th in 2019) and the 34th most popular Iraqi Politician.

Nabopolassar is most famous for the creation of the Neo-Babylonian Empire.

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Among politicians, Nabopolassar ranks 2,073 out of 19,576Before him are Michael VI Bringas, Jean Parisot de Valette, Marie of Romania, Hyejong of Goryeo, Birger Jarl, and Nogai Khan. After him are Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Rudolph of France, Duchess Elisabeth of Württemberg, Nikola Pašić, Theodosius III, and Adolf of Germany.

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Among people born in 658 BC, Nabopolassar ranks 1 Among people deceased in 605 BC, Nabopolassar ranks 1

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Among people born in Iraq, Nabopolassar ranks 62 out of 384Before him are Ali Hassan al-Majid (1941), Ya'qubi (801), Fuad Masum (1938), Tariq Aziz (1936), Al-Amin (787), and Šuppiluliuma I (-1344). After him are Qutayba ibn Muslim (668), Abdul Latif Rashid (1944), Rashid ad-Din Sinan (1130), Tiglath-Pileser III (-755), Abu Yusuf (731), and Sajida Talfah (1937).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Nabopolassar ranks 34Before him are Al-Mutawakkil (822), Abd al-Karim Qasim (1914), Fuad Masum (1938), Tariq Aziz (1936), Al-Amin (787), and Šuppiluliuma I (-1344). After him are Abdul Latif Rashid (1944), Tiglath-Pileser III (-755), Sajida Talfah (1937), Shalmaneser I (-1400), Naram-Sin of Akkad (-2254), and Urukagina (-2500).