740 BC - 681 BC

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Sennacherib (Neo-Assyrian Akkadian: 𒀭𒌍𒉽𒈨𒌍𒋢, romanized: Sîn-ahhī-erība or Sîn-aḥḥē-erība, meaning "Sîn has replaced the brothers") was the king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire from the death of his father Sargon II in 705 BC to his own death in 681 BC. The second king of the Sargonid dynasty, Sennacherib is one of the most famous Assyrian kings for the role he plays in the Hebrew Bible, which describes his campaign in the Levant. Other events of his reign include his destruction of the city of Babylon in 689 BC and his renovation and expansion of the last great Assyrian capital, Nineveh. Although Sennacherib was one of the most powerful and wide-ranging Assyrian kings, he faced considerable difficulty in controlling Babylonia, which formed the southern portion of his empire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sennacherib has received more than 1,570,261 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Sennacherib is the 226th most popular politician (up from 620th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Iraq (up from 17th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Iraqi Politician.

Sennacherib is most famous for his siege of Jerusalem in the 8th century BCE.

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Among politicians, Sennacherib ranks 226 out of 19,576Before him are Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, Harun al-Rashid, Sonia Gandhi, Leopold II of Belgium, Joseph Goebbels, and António de Oliveira Salazar. After him are Mehmed VI, Yuri Andropov, Enver Hoxha, Reinhard Heydrich, Bill Clinton, and Alexander III of Russia.

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Among people born in 740 BC, Sennacherib ranks 1 Among people deceased in 681 BC, Sennacherib ranks 1

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Among people born in Iraq, Sennacherib ranks 9 out of 384Before him are Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Sarah (-1803), and Abu Hanifa (698). After him are Ashurbanipal (-685), Al-Kindi (801), Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780), Ibn al-Haytham (965), Mani (216), and Rabia of Basra (710).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Sennacherib ranks 6Before him are Saladin (1138), Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), and Nebuchadnezzar II (-630). After him are Ashurbanipal (-685), Nur ad-Din (1116), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), Sargon II (-750), and Khosrow II (570).