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740 BC - 681 BC

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Sennacherib (Neo-Assyrian cuneiform: 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 1,353,580 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Sennacherib is the 627th most popular politician (up from 668th in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from Iraq (up from 18th in 2019) and the 8th 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 627 out of 15,577Before him are Catiline, Nurhaci, Elena Ceaușescu, George I of Greece, Umar II, and Gustaf V of Sweden. After him are Sargon II, Sviatoslav I of Kiev, Grigory Potemkin, Licinius, Hideki Tojo, and Michael 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 17 out of 338Before him are Ibn al-Haytham (965), Mani (216), Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), Rabia of Basra (710), and Zaha Hadid (1950). After him are Sargon II (-750), Ezra (-500), Al-Masudi (896), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Belshazzar (-600), and Ahmad Sanjar (1100).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Sennacherib ranks 8Before him are Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Ashurbanipal (-685), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), and Alexander IV of Macedon (-323). After him are Sargon II (-750), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Khosrow II (570), Al-Ma'mun (786), Nur ad-Din (1116), and Gudea (-2200).