My Brother’s Keeper: Assurbanipal versus Šamaš-šuma-ukīn

  title={My Brother’s Keeper: Assurbanipal versus {\vS}ama{\vs}-{\vs}uma-ukīn},
  author={Shana Zaia},
  journal={Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History},
  pages={19 - 52}
  • Shana Zaia
  • Published 2018
  • History
  • Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History
Abstract When Esarhaddon named his successors, he split the empire between two of his sons, with Assurbanipal as king of Assyria and Šamaš-šuma-ukīn as king of Babylonia. This arrangement functioned until 652 BCE, at which point a civil war began between the brothers. The war ended with Assurbanipal’s victory and Šamaš-šuma-ukīn’s death in 648 BCE. While Šamaš-šuma-ukīn’s death is mentioned in several of Assurbanipal’s inscriptions, it is still unclear how the king of Babylon met his end, and… Expand
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