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658 BC - 605 BC

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Nabopolassar (Babylonian cuneiform: 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 444,858 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Nabopolassar is the 1,081st most popular politician (up from 1,185th in 2019), the 31st most popular biography from Iraq and the 15th most popular Iraqi Politician.

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

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Among politicians, Nabopolassar ranks 1,081 out of 15,577Before him are Dionysius I of Syracuse, Alfredo Stroessner, Rashid-al-Din Hamadani, Shaka, Habib Bourguiba, and Emperor Kōmei. After him are Eric XIV of Sweden, David Lloyd George, Alpha Condé, William Henry Harrison, Dagobert I, and John I of Portugal.

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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 31 out of 338Before him are Al-Ma'mun (786), Nur ad-Din (1116), Idris (-3500), Fuzûlî (1494), Gudea (-2200), and Muhammad al-Mahdi (869). After him are Jalal Talabani (1933), Ismail al-Jazari (1136), Ur-Nammu (-2200), Ahmad ibn Fadlan (900), Eber (-2038), and Möngke Khan (1209).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Nabopolassar ranks 15Before him are Sargon II (-750), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Khosrow II (570), Al-Ma'mun (786), Nur ad-Din (1116), and Gudea (-2200). After him are Jalal Talabani (1933), Ur-Nammu (-2200), Möngke Khan (1209), Antiochus I Soter (-324), Suleyman Shah (1178), and Shalmaneser III (-900).