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Hammurabi[a] (c. 1810 BC – c. 1750 BC) was the sixth king of the First Babylonian Dynasty, reigning from 1792 BC to 1750 BC (according to the Middle Chronology). He was preceded by his father, Sin-Muballit, who abdicated due to failing health. During his reign, he conquered the city-states of Elam, Larsa, Eshnunna, and Mari. He ousted Ishme-Dagan
I, the king of Assyria, and forced his son Mut-Ashkur to pay tribute, thereby bringing almost all of Mesopotamia under Babylonian rule.[2] Hammurabi
is best known for having issued the Code of Hammurabi, which he claimed to have received from Shamash, the Babylonian god of justice. Unlike earlier Sumerian law codes, such as the Code of Ur-Nammu, which had focused on compensating the victim of the crime, the Law of Hammurabi
was one of the first law codes to place greater emphasis on the physical punishment of the perpetrator. It proscribed specific penalties for each crime and is among the first codes to establish the presumption of innocence. Although its penalties are extremely harsh by modern standards, they were intended to limit what a wronged person was permitted to do in retribution. The Code of Hammurabi
and the Law of Moses
Law of Moses
in the Torah
contain numerous similarities, but these are probably due to shared background and oral tradition, and it is unlikely that Hammurabi's laws exerted any direct impact on the later Mosaic ones. Hammurabi
was seen by many as a god within his own lifetime. After his death, Hammurabi
was revered as a great conqueror who spread civilization and forced all peoples to pay obeisance to Marduk, the national god of the Babylonians. Later, his military accomplishments became de-emphasized and his role as the ideal lawgiver became the primary aspect of his legacy. For later Mesopotamians, Hammurabi's reign became the frame of reference for all events occurring in the distant past. Even after the empire he built collapsed, he was still revered as a model ruler, and many kings across the Near East claimed him as an ancestor. Hammurabi
was rediscovered by archaeologists in the late nineteenth century and has since become seen as an important figure in the history of law.


1 Reign and conquests 2 Code of laws

2.1 Example laws in Hammurabi's code

3 Legacy

3.1 Commemoration after his death 3.2 Political legacy 3.3 Modern rediscovery

4 See also 5 Further reading 6 Notes 7 References

7.1 Bibliography

8 External links

Reign and conquests[edit]

Map showing the Babylonian territory upon Hammurabi's ascension in c. 1792 BC and upon his death in c. 1750 BC

was an Amorite
First Dynasty king of the city-state of Babylon, and inherited the power from his father, Sin-Muballit, in c. 1792 BC.[3] Babylon was one of the many largely Amorite
ruled city-states that dotted the central and southern Mesopotamian plains and waged war on each other for control of fertile agricultural land.[4] Though many cultures co-existed in Mesopotamia, Babylonian culture gained a degree of prominence among the literate classes throughout the Middle East
Middle East
under Hammurabi.[5] The kings who came before Hammurabi
had founded a relatively minor City State in 1894 BC which controlled little territory outside of the city itself. Babylon was overshadowed by older, larger and more powerful kingdoms such as Elam, Assyria, Isin, Eshnunna
and Larsa
for a century or so after its founding. However his father Sin-Muballit had begun to consolidate rule of a small area of south central Mesopotamia
under Babylonian hegemony and, by the time of his reign, had conquered the minor city-states of Borsippa, Kish, and Sippar.[5] Thus Hammurabi
ascended to the throne as the king of a minor kingdom in the midst of a complex geopolitical situation. The powerful kingdom of Eshnunna
controlled the upper Tigris River while Larsa
controlled the river delta. To the east of Mesopotamia
lay the powerful kingdom of Elam
which regularly invaded and forced tribute upon the small states of southern Mesopotamia. In northern Mesopotamia, the Assyrian king Shamshi-Adad I, who had already inherited centuries old Assyrian colonies in Asia Minor, had expanded his territory into the Levant
and central Mesopotamia,[6] although his untimely death would somewhat fragment his empire.[7] The first few decades of Hammurabi's reign were quite peaceful. Hammurabi
used his power to undertake a series of public works, including heightening the city walls for defensive purposes, and expanding the temples.[8] In c. 1801 BC, the powerful kingdom of Elam, which straddled important trade routes across the Zagros Mountains, invaded the Mesopotamian plain.[9] With allies among the plain states, Elam
attacked and destroyed the kingdom of Eshnunna, destroying a number of cities and imposing its rule on portions of the plain for the first time.[10]

Detail of a limestone votive monument from Sippar, Iraq, dating to c. 1792 – c. 1750 BC showing King Hammurabi
raising his right arm in worship, now held in the British Museum

This bust, known as the "Head of Hammurabi", is now thought to predate Hammurabi
by a few hundred years[11] (Louvre)

In order to consolidate its position, Elam
tried to start a war between Hammurabi's Babylonian kingdom and the kingdom of Larsa.[12] Hammurabi
and the king of Larsa
made an alliance when they discovered this duplicity and were able to crush the Elamites, although Larsa
did not contribute greatly to the military effort.[12] Angered by Larsa's failure to come to his aid, Hammurabi
turned on that southern power, thus gaining control of the entirety of the lower Mesopotamian plain by c. 1763 BC.[13] As Hammurabi
was assisted during the war in the south by his allies from the north such as Yamhad
and Mari, the absence of soldiers in the north led to unrest.[13] Continuing his expansion, Hammurabi
turned his attention northward, quelling the unrest and soon after crushing Eshnunna.[14] Next the Babylonian armies conquered the remaining northern states, including Babylon's former ally Mari, although it is possible that the conquest of Mari was a surrender without any actual conflict.[15][16][17] Hammurabi
entered into a protracted war with Ishme-Dagan I
Ishme-Dagan I
of Assyria for control of Mesopotamia, with both kings making alliances with minor states in order to gain the upper hand. Eventually Hammurabi prevailed, ousting Ishme-Dagan I
Ishme-Dagan I
just before his own death. Mut-Ashkur, the new king of Assyria, was forced to pay tribute to Hammurabi. In just a few years, Hammurabi
succeeded in uniting all of Mesopotamia under his rule.[17] The Assyrian kingdom survived but was forced to pay tribute during his reign, and of the major city-states in the region, only Aleppo and Qatna
to the west in the Levant
maintained their independence.[17] However, one stele of Hammurabi
has been found as far north as Diyarbekir, where he claims the title "King of the Amorites".[18] Vast numbers of contract tablets, dated to the reigns of Hammurabi
and his successors, have been discovered, as well as 55 of his own letters.[19] These letters give a glimpse into the daily trials of ruling an empire, from dealing with floods and mandating changes to a flawed calendar, to taking care of Babylon's massive herds of livestock.[20] Hammurabi
died and passed the reins of the empire on to his son Samsu-iluna
in c. 1750 BC, under whose rule the Babylonian empire began to quickly unravel.[21] Code of laws[edit] Main article: Code of Hammurabi

Code of Hammurabi
Code of Hammurabi
stele. Louvre
Museum, Paris

The Code of Hammurabi
Code of Hammurabi
is not the earliest surviving law code;[22] it is predated by the Code of Ur-Nammu, the Laws of Eshnunna, and the Code of Lipit-Ishtar.[22] Nonetheless, the Code of Hammurabi
Code of Hammurabi
shows marked differences from these earlier law codes and ultimately proved more influential.[23][24][22] The Code of Hammurabi
Code of Hammurabi
was inscribed on a stele and placed in a public place so that all could see it, although it is thought that few were literate. The stele was later plundered by the Elamites and removed to their capital, Susa; it was rediscovered there in 1901 in Iran
and is now in the Louvre
Museum in Paris. The code of Hammurabi
contains 282 laws, written by scribes on 12 tablets. Unlike earlier laws, it was written in Akkadian, the daily language of Babylon, and could therefore be read by any literate person in the city.[23] Earlier Sumerian law codes had focused on compensating the victim of the crime,[24] but the Code of Hammurabi
Code of Hammurabi
instead focused on physically punishing the perpetrator.[24] The Code of Hammurabi
Code of Hammurabi
was one of the first law code to place restrictions on what a wronged person was allowed to do in retribution.[24] The structure of the code is very specific, with each offense receiving a specified punishment. The punishments tended to be very harsh by modern standards, with many offenses resulting in death, disfigurement, or the use of the "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth" (Lex Talionis "Law of Retaliation") philosophy.[25][24] The code is also one of the earliest examples of the idea of presumption of innocence, and it also suggests that the accused and accuser have the opportunity to provide evidence.[26] However, there is no provision for extenuating circumstances to alter the prescribed punishment. A carving at the top of the stele portrays Hammurabi
receiving the laws from Shamash, the Babylonian god of justice,[27] and the preface states that Hammurabi
was chosen by Shamash
to bring the laws to the people.[28] Parallels between this narrative and the giving of the Covenant Code to Moses
by Yahweh
atop Mount Sinai in the Biblical Book of Exodus and similarities between the two legal codes suggest a common ancestor in the Semitic background of the two.[29][30][31][32] Nonetheless, fragments of previous law codes have been found and it is unlikely that the Mosaic laws were directly inspired by the Code of Hammurabi.[29][30][31][32][b] Some scholars have disputed this; David P. Wright argues that the Jewish Covenant Code is "directly, primarily, and throughout" based upon the Laws of Hammurabi.[33] In 2010, a team of archaeologists from Hebrew University
Hebrew University
discovered a cuneiform tablet dating to the eighteenth or seventeenth century BC at Hazor in Israel
containing laws clearly derived from the Code of Hammurabi.[34] Example laws in Hammurabi's code[edit]

(Text taken from Harper's translation, readable on wikisource)

§ 8 – If any one steal cattle or sheep, or an ass, or a pig or a goat, if it belong to a god or to the court, the thief shall pay thirtyfold therefor; if they belonged to a freed man of the king he shall pay tenfold; if the thief has nothing with which to pay he shall be put to death. § 21 – If a man make a breach in a house, they shall put him to death in front of that breach and they shall thrust him therein. § 55 – If a man open his canal for irrigation and neglect it and the water carry away an adjacent field, he shall measure out grain on the basis of the adjacent fields. § 59 – If a man cut down a tree in a man's orchard, without the consent of the owner of the orchard, he shall pay one-half mina of silver. § 168 – If a man set his face to disinherit his son and say to the judges: "I will disinherit my son," the judges shall inquire into his antecedents, and if the son have not committed a crime sufficiently grave to cut him off from sonship, the father may not cut off his son from sonship. § 169 – If he have committed a crime against his father sufficiently grave to cut him off from sonship, they shall condone his first (offense). If he commit a crime a second time, the father may cut off his son from sonship. § 195 – If a son strike his father, they shall cut off his fingers. § 196–201 – If a man destroy the eye of another man, they shall destroy his eye. If one break a man's bone, they shall break his bone. If one destroy the eye of a freeman or break the bone of a freeman he shall pay one mana of silver. If one destroy the eye of a man's slave or break a bone of a man's slave he shall pay one-half his price. If a man knock out a tooth of a man of his own rank, they shall knock out his tooth. If one knock out a tooth of a freeman, he shall pay one-third mana of silver. § 218–219 – If a physician operate on a man for a severe wound with a bronze lancet and cause that man's death; or open an abscess (in the eye) of a man with a bronze lancet and destroy the man's eye, they shall cut off his fingers. If a physician operate on a slave of a freeman for a severe wound with a bronze lancet and cause his death, he shall restore a slave of equal value. § 229–232 – If a builder build a house for a man and do not make its construction firm, and the house which he has built collapse and cause the death of the owner of the house, that builder shall be put to death. If it cause the death of a son of the owner of the house, they shall put to death a son of that builder. If it cause the death of a slave of the owner of the house, he shall give the owner of the house a slave of equal value. If it destroy property, he shall restore whatever it destroyed, and because he did not make the house which he built firm and it collapsed, he shall rebuild the house which collapsed from his own property (i.e., at his own expense).


The bas-relief of Hammurabi
at the United States
United States

Commemoration after his death[edit] Hammurabi
was honored above all other kings of the second millennium BC[35] and he received the unique honor of being declared to be a god within his own lifetime.[36] The personal name "Hammurabi-ili" meaning " Hammurabi
is my god" became common during and after his reign.[36] In writings from shortly after his death, Hammurabi
is commemorated mainly for three achievements: bringing victory in war, bringing peace, and bringing justice.[36] Hammurabi's conquests came to be regarded as part of a sacred mission to spread civilization to all nations.[37] A stele from Ur glorifies him in his own voice as a mighty ruler who forces evil into submission and compels all peoples to worship Marduk.[38] The stele declares: "The people of Elam, Gutium, Subartu, and Tukrish, whose mountains are distant and whose languages are obscure, I placed into [Marduk's] hand. I myself continued to put straight their confused minds."[37] A later hymn also written in Hammurabi's own voice extols him as a powerful, supernatural force for Marduk:[37]

I am the king, the brace that grasps wrongdoers, that makes people of one mind, I am the great dragon among kings, who throws their counsel in disarray, I am the net that is stretched over the enemy, I am the fear-inspiring, who, when lifting his fierce eyes, gives the disobedient the death sentence, I am the great net that covers evil intent, I am the young lion, who breaks nets and scepters, I am the battle net that catches him who offends me.[38]

After extolling Hammurabi's military accomplishments, the hymn finally declares: "I am Hammurabi, the king of justice."[36] In later commemorations, Hammurabi's role as a great lawgiver came to be emphasized above all his other accomplishments[35] and his military achievements became de-emphasized.[35] Hammurabi's reign became the point of reference for all events in the distant past.[35] A hymn to the goddess Ishtar, whose language suggests it was written during the reign of Ammisaduqa, Hammurabi's fourth successor, declares: "The king who first heard this song as a song of your heroism is Hammurabi. This song for you was composed in his reign. May he be given life forever!"[35] For centuries after his death, Hammurabi's laws continued to be copied by scribes as part of their writing exercises and they were even partially translated into Sumerian.[39] Political legacy[edit]

Copy of Hammurabi's stele usurped by Shutruk-Nahhunte I. The stele was only partially erased and was never re-inscribed.[40]

During the reign of Hammurabi, Babylon usurped the position of "most holy city" in southern Mesopotamia
from its predecessor, Nippur.[41] Under the rule of Hammurabi's successor Samsu-iluna, the short-lived Babylonian Empire began to collapse. In northern Mesopotamia, both the Amorites and Babylonians were driven from Assyria
by Puzur-Sin a native Akkadian-speaking ruler, c. 1740 BC. Around the same time, native Akkadian speakers threw off Amorite
Babylonian rule in the far south of Mesopotamia, creating the Sealand Dynasty, in more or less the region of ancient Sumer. Hammurabi's ineffectual successors met with further defeats and loss of territory at the hands of Assyrian kings such as Adasi
and Bel-ibni, as well as to the Sealand Dynasty to the south, Elam
to the east, and to the Kassites
from the northeast. Thus was Babylon quickly reduced to the small and minor state it had once been upon its founding.[42] The coup de grace for the Hammurabi's Amorite
Dynasty occurred in 1595 BC, when Babylon was sacked and conquered by the powerful Hittite Empire, thereby ending all Amorite
political presence in Mesopotamia.[43] However, the Indo-European-speaking Hittites did not remain, turning over Babylon to their Kassite allies, a people speaking a language isolate, from the Zagros mountains
Zagros mountains
region. This Kassite Dynasty ruled Babylon for over 400 years[43] and adopted many aspects of the Babylonian culture, including Hammurabi's code of laws.[43] Even after the fall of the Amorite
Dynasty, however, Hammurabi
was still remembered and revered.[39] When the Elamite king Shutruk-Nahhunte I raided Babylon in 1158 BC and carried off many stone monuments, he had most of the inscriptions on these monuments erased and new inscriptions carved into them.[39] On the stele containing Hammurabi's laws, however, only four or five columns were wiped out and no new inscription was ever added.[40] Over a thousand years after Hammurabi's death, the kings of Suhu, a land along the Euphrates river, just northwest of Babylon, claimed him as their ancestor.[44] Modern rediscovery[edit] In the early twentieth century, many scholars believed that Hammurabi was Amraphel, the King of Shinar
in the Book of Genesis 14:1.[45][46] This view has now been largely rejected,[47][48] and Amraphael's existence is not attested in any writings from outside the Bible.[48] Because of Hammurabi's reputation as a lawgiver, his depiction can be found in several U.S. government buildings. Hammurabi
is one of the 23 lawgivers depicted in marble bas-reliefs in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in the United States
United States
Capitol.[49] A frieze by Adolph Weinman
Adolph Weinman
depicting the "great lawgivers of history", including Hammurabi, is on the south wall of the U.S. Supreme Court building.[50][51] At the time of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi Army's 1st Hammurabi
Armoured Division was named after the ancient king as part of an effort to emphasize the connection between modern Iraq and the pre-Arab Mesopotamian cultures. See also[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

Finet, André (1973). Le trone et la rue en Mésopotamie: L'exaltation du roi et les techniques de l'opposition, in La voix de l'opposition en Mésopotamie. Bruxelles: Institut des Hautes Études de Belgique. OCLC 652257981.  Jacobsen, Th. (1943). "Primitive democracy in Ancient Mesopotomia". Journal of Near Eastern Studies. 2 (3): 159–172. doi:10.1086/370672.  Finkelstein, J. J. (1966). "The Genealogy of the Hammurabi
Dynasty". Journal of Cuneiform Studies. 20 (3): 95–118. doi:10.2307/1359643. JSTOR 1359643.  Hammurabi
(1952). Driver, G.R.; Miles, John C., eds. The Babylonian Laws. Oxford: Clarendon Press.  Leemans, W. F. (1950). The Old Babylonian Merchant: His Business and His Social Position. Leiden: Brill.  Munn-Rankin, J. M. (1956). "Diplomacy in Western Asia in the Early Second Millennium BC". Iraq. 18 (1): 68–110. doi:10.2307/4199599. JSTOR 4199599.  Pallis, S. A. (1956). The Antiquity of Iraq: A Handbook of Assyriology. Copenhagen: Ejnar Munksgaard.  Richardson, M.E.J. (2000). Hammurabi's laws : text, translation and glossary. Sheffield: Sheffield Acad. Press. ISBN 1-84127-030-X.  Saggs, H.W.F. (1988). The greatness that was Babylon : a survey of the ancient civilization of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. ISBN 0-283-99623-4.  Yoffee, Norman (1977). The economic role of the crown in the old Babylonian period. Malibu, CA: Undena Publications. ISBN 0-89003-021-9. 


^ Akkadian: 𒄩𒄠𒈬𒊏𒁉 Ḫa-am-mu-ra-bi, from the Amorite ʻAmmurāpi ("the kinsman is a healer"), itself from ʻAmmu ("paternal kinsman") and Rāpi ("healer") ^ Barton, a former professor of Semitic languages at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that while there are similarities between the two texts, a study of the entirety of both laws "convinces the student that the laws of the Old Testament are in no essential way dependent upon the Babylonian laws." He states that "such resemblances" arose from "a similarity of antecedents and of general intellectual outlook" between the two cultures, but that "the striking differences show that there was no direct borrowing."[30]


^ Roux, Georges, "The Time of Confusion", Ancient Iraq, Penguin Books, p. 266, ISBN 9780141938257  ^ Beck, Roger B.; Black, Linda; Krieger, Larry S.; Naylor, Phillip C.; Shabaka, Dahia Ibo (1999). World History: Patterns of Interaction. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell. ISBN 0-395-87274-X. OCLC 39762695.  ^ Van De Mieroop 2005, p. 1 ^ Van De Mieroop 2005, pp. 1–2 ^ a b Van De Mieroop 2005, p. 3 ^ Van De Mieroop 2005, pp. 3–4 ^ Van De Mieroop 2005, p. 16 ^ Arnold 2005, p. 43 ^ Van De Mieroop 2005, pp. 15–16 ^ Van De Mieroop 2005, p. 17 ^ Claire, Iselin. "Royal head, known as the "Head of Hammurabi"". Musée du Louvre.  ^ a b Van De Mieroop 2005, p. 18 ^ a b Van De Mieroop 2005, p. 31 ^ Van De Mieroop 2005, pp. 40–41 ^ Van De Mieroop 2005, pp. 54–55 ^ Van De Mieroop 2005, pp. 64–65 ^ a b c Arnold 2005, p. 45 ^ Clay, Albert Tobias (1919). The Empire of the Amorites. Yale University Press. p. 97.  ^ Breasted 2003, p. 129 ^ Breasted 2003, pp. 129–130 ^ Arnold 2005, p. 42 ^ a b c Davies, W. W. (January 2003). Codes of Hammurabi
and Moses. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 0-7661-3124-6. OCLC 227972329.  ^ a b Breasted 2003, p. 141 ^ a b c d e Bertman, Stephen (2003). Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. p. 71. ISBN 978-019-518364-1.  ^ "Review: The Code of Hammurabi," J. Dyneley Prince, The American Journal of Theology Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul., 1904), pp. 601–609 Published by: The University of Chicago Press ^ Victimology: Theories and Applications, Ann Wolbert Burgess, Albert R. Roberts, Cheryl Regehr, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2009, p. 103 ^ Kleiner, Fred S. (2010). Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective. 1 (Thirteenth ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-495-57360-9.  ^ Smith, J. M. Powis (2005). The Origin and History of Hebrew Law. Clark, New Jersey: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-58477-489-1.  ^ a b Douglas, J. D.; Tenney, Merrill C. (2011). Zondervan Illustrated Bible
Dictionary. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. p. 1323. ISBN 978-0310229834.  ^ a b c Barton, G.A: Archaeology and the Bible. University of Michigan Library, 2009, p.406. ^ a b Unger, M.F.: Archaeology and the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing Co., 1954, p.156, 157 ^ a b Free, J.P.: Archaeology and Biblical History. Wheaton: Scripture Press, 1950, 1969, p. 121 ^ Wright, David P. (2009). Inventing God's Law: How the Covenant Code of the Bible
Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. pp. 3 and passim.  ^ "Tablet Discovered by Hebrew U Matches Code of Hammurabi". Beit El: HolyLand Holdings, Ltd. Arutz Sheva. 26 June 2010.  ^ a b c d e Van De Mieroop 2005, p. 128. ^ a b c d Van De Mieroop 2005, p. 127. ^ a b c Van De Mieroop 2005, p. 126. ^ a b Van De Mieroop 2005, pp. 126-127. ^ a b c Van De Mieroop 2005, p. 129. ^ a b Van De Mieroop 2005, pp. 129-130. ^ Schneider, Tammi J. (2011), An Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion, Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Company, pp. 58–59, ISBN 978-0-8028-2959-7  ^ Georges Roux – Ancient Iraq ^ a b c DeBlois 1997, p. 19 ^ Van De Mieroop 2005, p. 130. ^ "AMRAPHEL - JewishEncyclopedia.com".  ^ " Bible
Gateway passage: Genesis 14 - New International Version".  ^ North, Robert (1993). "Abraham". In Metzger, Bruce M.; Coogan, Michael D. The Oxford Companion to the Bible. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. p. 5. ISBN 0-19-504645-5.  ^ a b Granerød, Gard (26 March 2010). Abraham and Melchizedek: Scribal Activity of Second Temple Times in Genesis 14 and Psalm 110. Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter. p. 120. ISBN 978-3-11-022346-0.  ^ "Hammurabi". Architect of the Capitol. Retrieved 2008-05-19.  ^ "Courtroom Friezes" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 1, 2010. Retrieved 2008-05-19.  ^ Biskupic, Joan (11 March 1998). "LAWGIVERS: FROM TWO FRIEZES, GREAT FIGURES OF LEGAL HISTORY GAZE UPON THE SUPREME COURT BENCH". WP Company LLC. The Washington Post. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 


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Preceded by Sin-muballit Kings of Babylon Succeeded by Samsu-iluna

v t e

Babylonian kings

period (Middle Bronze Age)

First Dynasty of Isin

c. 1953 – 1730 BC

Ishbi-Erra Shu-Ilishu Iddin-Dagan Ishme-Dagan Lipit-Eshtar Ur-Ninurta Bur-Suen Lipit-Enlil Erra-imitti Enlil-bani Zambiya Iter-pisha Ur-du-kuga Suen-magir Damiq-ilishu

Kings of Larsa

c. 1961 – 1674 BC

Naplanum Emisum Samium Zabaia Gungunum Abisare Sumuel Nur-Adad Sin-Iddinam Sin-Eribam Sin-Iqisham Silli-Adad Warad-Sin Rim-Sin I Hammurabi
(of Babylon) Samsu-iluna
(of Babylon) Rim-Sin II

Middle Bronze Age

First Babylonian Dynasty (Dynasty I)

c. 1830 – 1531 BC

Sumu-abum Sumu-la-El Sabium Apil-Sin Sin-muballit Hammurabi Samsu-iluna Abi-eshuh Ammi-ditana Ammi-saduqa Samsu-Ditana

Sealand Dynasty (Dynasty II)

c. 1732 – 1460 BC

Ilum-ma-ili Itti-ili-nibi Damqi-ilishu Ishkibal Shushushi Gulkishar mDIŠ+U-EN Peshgaldaramesh Ayadaragalama Akurduana Melamkurkurra Ea-gamil

Early Kassite rulers

c. 1730 – 1570 BC

Gandash Agum I Kashtiliashu I Abi-Rattash Kashtiliashu II Ur-zigurumash Hurbazum Shipta'ulzi

Late Bronze Age

Kassite Dynasty (Dynasty III)

c. 1570 – 1155 BC

Agum II Burnaburiash I Kashtiliash III Ulamburiash Agum III Karaindash Kadashman-harbe I Kurigalzu I Kadashman-Enlil I Burnaburiash II Kara-hardash Nazi-Bugash Kurigalzu II Nazi-Maruttash Kadashman-Turgu Kadashman-Enlil II Kudur-Enlil Shagarakti-Shuriash Kashtiliashu IV Enlil-nadin-shumi Kadashman-Harbe II Adad-shuma-iddina Adad-shuma-usur Meli-Shipak II Marduk-apla-iddina I Zababa-shuma-iddin Enlil-nadin-ahi

Iron Age

Second Dynasty of Isin (Dynasty IV of Babylon)

c. 1155 – 1025 BC

Marduk-kabit-ahheshu Itti-Marduk-balatu Ninurta-nadin-shumi Nebuchadnezzar I Enlil-nadin-apli Marduk-nadin-ahhe Marduk-shapik-zeri Adad-apla-iddina Marduk-ahhe-eriba Marduk-zer-X Nabu-shum-libur

Dynasty V

c. 1025 – 1004 BC

Simbar-shipak Ea-mukin-zeri Kashshu-nadin-ahi

Dynasty VI

c. 1004 – 985 BC

Eulmash-shakin-shumi Ninurta-kudurri-usur I Shirikti-shuqamuna

Dynasty VII

c. 985 – 979 BC


Dynasty of E (Mixed Dynasties VIII/IX)

c. 979 – 729 BC

Nabû-mukin-apli Ninurta-kudurri-usur II Mar-biti-ahhe-iddina Shamash-mudammiq Nabu-shuma-ukin I Nabu-apla-iddina Marduk-zakir-shumi I Marduk-balassu-iqbi Baba-aha-iddina (five kings) Ninurta-apla-X Marduk-bel-zeri Marduk-apla-usur Eriba-Marduk Nabu-shuma-ishkun Nabonassar Nabu-nadin-zeri Nabu-shuma-ukin II Nabu-mukin-zeri

Neo-Assyrian rule (Dynasty X)

729 – 620 BC

Tiglath-Pileser III† Shalmaneser V† Marduk-apla-iddina II Sargon II† Sennacherib† Marduk-zakir-shumi II Marduk-apla-iddina II Bel-ibni Ashur-nadin-shumi† Nergal-ushezib Mushezib-Marduk Sennacherib† Esarhaddon† Shamash-shum-ukin† Kandalanu† Sin-shumu-lishir† Sinsharishkun†

Neo-Babylonian Empire (Dynasty XI)

626 – 539 BC

Nabopolassar/Belshazzar Nebuchadnezzar II Amel-Marduk Neriglissar Labashi-Marduk Nabonidus Nebuchadnezzar III Nebuchadnezzar IV

† Assyrian rulers

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 280799209 LCCN: n50019979 ISNI: 0000 0000 8985 0706 GND: 118545485 SELIBR: 255802 SUDOC: 027764796 BNF: cb12611886p (da