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Mesopotamia /
Kings


The Mesopotamian kings that stand out as particularly important the development of history and civilizations, seem to overshadow all other individuals. This being a time where the ruler could control history, a period with textual evidence of varying quality and quantity, it must be taken into account that much may be legendary, that many claims of importance may be theft from other rulers and periods.
This being a time when religion was intrinsic in the total world view, a king, and his queen, had their legitimacy from being descendants of the gods. The kings where, however, not gods like they could be in other cultures, like the Egyptian. There are exceptions to this, Akkadian king, Naram-Sin did claim to be a god in the 23rd century BCE.
Accounts on Mesopotamian kings are generally impersonal, granting little information about the skills of each ruler in conjuction with the successes and failures of each reign.




Eannatum.
Ca. 2600 BCE, king of Lagash.




Sargon.
Ca. 2334-2279 BCE, king of Akkad.




Hammurabi.
1792-1750 BCE, king of Babylonia.




Ashurnasirpal 1.
Ca. 1050-1032 or 1031 BCE, king of Assyria.




Ashurnasirpal 2.
884 or 883-859 BCE, king of Assyria.




Tiglath-Pileser 3.
745-727 BCE, king of Assyria.




Ashurbanipal.
669-627 BCE, king of Assyria.




Nebuchadnezzar 2.
Ca. 635-561 BCE, king of Babylonia.





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By Tore Kjeilen