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Senecherib and his successors (1)

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12 Assyrian Identity

09 Army and warfare

05 Scientific knowledge and scholarly lore

05 Scientific knowledge and scholarly lore

3rd century BCE
3rd century CE
Roman Empire
Christian-Greek philosophers and scholars
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Senecherib = Sennacherib, Nergilos = Nergal-šarra-usur, Axerdis = Esarhaddon, Sarakos = Sin-šar-iškun, Bupalossorus = Nabopolassar, Nabûchodrossoros = Nebuchadnezzar.

Abydenus 5 (Eusebius, Chronicles 1.35):
In this time the twenty-fifth king, who was Senecherib, became the ruler. It was he who subjected the city of Babylon to his power, and defeated and sunk a Greek fleet upon the coast of Cilicia. He built also a temple at Athens and erected bronze statues upon which he engraved his own exploits. And he built the city of Tarsus after the plan and likeness of Babylon, that the river Kydnos should flow through Tarsus, in the same manner as the Euphrates intersected Babylon. Next in order after him reigned Nergilos - who was assassinated by his son Adramelos - and he also was slain by Axerdis (his brother by the same father, but of a different mother), and his army pursued and blockaded in the city of Byzantium. Axerdis was the first that levied mercenary soldiers, one of whom was Pythagoras a follower of the wisdom of the Chaldeans. He also reduced under his dominion Egypt and the country of Coele-Syria. After him came Sardanapalus. After him Sarakos reigned over the Assyrians. And, being informed that an army like locusts was coming up from the sea to attack him, he sent the general Bupalossoros in haste to Babylon. But the latter, planning revolt, first betrothed Amuhea, the daughter of Astyages, prince of the Medes, to his son Nabûchodrossoros. Departing straightway, he marched to attack Ninus, that is to say, the city of Nineveh. But the king Sarakos, being informed of all these things, burnt himself and his royal palace, and Nabûchodrossoros received the rule over the kingdom and surrounded Babylon with a strong wall.

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Abydenus 5
Eusebius, Chronicles 1.35


Gadd 1923, 30Gadd, Cyril J. The Fall of Nineveh. London: Harrison and Sons Ltd 1923.

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