Sargon II

750 BC - 705 BC

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Sargon II (Neo-Assyrian Akkadian: 𒈗𒁺, romanized: Šarru-kīn, meaning "the faithful king" or "the legitimate king") was the king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire from 722 BC to his death in battle in 705. Probably the son of Tiglath-Pileser III (r. 745–727), Sargon is generally believed to have become king after overthrowing Shalmaneser V (r. 727–722), probably his brother. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sargon II has received more than 808,300 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia. Sargon II is the 675th most popular politician (down from 621st in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from Iraq (down from 18th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Iraqi Politician.

Sargon II is most famous for his victory over the Assyrian king, Shalmaneser III, in the Battle of Til-Tuba in 722 BC.

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Among politicians, Sargon II ranks 675 out of 19,576Before him are Sauli Niinistö, Manuel I Komnenos, Edward V of England, Samo, Rudolf Höss, and Lycurgus of Sparta. After him are Shunzhi Emperor, Musa I of Mali, Frederick William II of Prussia, Louis the Stammerer, Baudouin of Belgium, and Felix Dzerzhinsky.

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Among people born in 750 BC, Sargon II ranks 1After him are Shallum of Israel, King Ping of Zhou, Ardys of Lydia, and Eriba-Marduk. Among people deceased in 705 BC, Sargon II ranks 1

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Among people born in Iraq, Sargon II ranks 22 out of 384Before him are Nur ad-Din (1116), Zaha Hadid (1950), Al-Masudi (896), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), and Ezra (-500). After him are Ahmad Sanjar (1100), Khosrow II (570), Fuzûlî (1494), Al-Ma'mun (786), Muhammad al-Mahdi (869), and Jalal Talabani (1933).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Sargon II ranks 11Before him are Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Sennacherib (-740), Ashurbanipal (-685), Nur ad-Din (1116), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), and Alexander IV of Macedon (-323). After him are Khosrow II (570), Al-Ma'mun (786), Jalal Talabani (1933), Gudea (-2200), Möngke Khan (1209), and Al-Mu'tasim (796).