700 BC - 612 BC

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Sîn-šar-iškun (Neo-Assyrian Akkadian: 𒁹𒀭𒌍𒌋𒌋𒃻𒌦, romanized: Sîn-šar-iškun or Sîn-šarru-iškun, meaning "Sîn has established the king") was the penultimate king of Assyria, reigning from the death of his brother and predecessor Aššur-etil-ilāni in 627 BC to his own death at the Fall of Nineveh in 612 BC. Succeeding his brother in uncertain, but not necessarily violent circumstances, Sîn-šar-iškun was immediately faced by the revolt of one of his brother's chief generals, Sîn-šumu-līšir, who attempted to usurp the throne for himself. Though Sîn-šumu-līšir was defeated relatively quickly, the instability caused by his revolt, combined with an ongoing interregnum in Babylonia in the south (neither Sîn-šar-iškun nor Sîn-šumu-līšir had formally proclaimed themselves as kings of Babylon) might be what made it possible for Nabopolassar, a southerner of unclear origin, to rise up and seize power in Babylonia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sinsharishkun has received more than 133,115 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia. Sinsharishkun is the 8,673rd most popular politician (down from 4,596th in 2019), the 219th most popular biography from Iraq (down from 110th in 2019) and the 138th most popular Iraqi Politician.

Sinsharishkun is most famous for being the last of the Great Old Ones to be defeated by the Elder Gods.

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Among politicians, Sinsharishkun ranks 8,673 out of 19,576Before him are Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Count Kasimir Felix Badeni, Juan Belmonte, Adolphus Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Daniele Manin, and Yesü Möngke. After him are Prince Adalbert of Bavaria, Louis Botha, Francisco Morales Bermúdez, Marcello Tegalliano, Juliette Drouet, and Muhammad III of Córdoba.

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Among people born in 700 BC, Sinsharishkun ranks 30Before him are Ashur-uballit II, Philip I of Macedon, Bakenranef, Leon of Sparta, King Zhuang of Chu, and Aristomenes. After him are Sadyattes, Gargi Vachaknavi, Demaratus of Corinth, Aeropus I of Macedon, Theagenes of Megara, and Lesches. Among people deceased in 612 BC, Sinsharishkun ranks 1

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Among people born in Iraq, Sinsharishkun ranks 219 out of 384Before him are Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer (1958), Ibn Wahshiyya (900), Aphrahat (280), Baha ad-Din ibn Shaddad (1145), Abu'l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī (1080), and Nabonassar (-800). After him are Sa'dun Hammadi (1930), Burna-Buriash II (-1400), Ma'mar ibn al-Muthanna (728), Abu-l-'Atahiya (748), Muhammad al-Sadr (1943), and Shalmaneser II (-1090).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Sinsharishkun ranks 138Before him are Qusay Hussein (1966), Al-Akhtal al-Taghlibi (640), Ibn Muqla (886), Ashurnasirpal I (-1100), Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer (1958), and Nabonassar (-800). After him are Sa'dun Hammadi (1930), Burna-Buriash II (-1400), Shalmaneser II (-1090), Abu Omar al-Baghdadi (1959), Vonones II (-25), and Dudu of Akkad (-2300).