Biography of King of Asiria Assur-nasirpal II (883-859 a.C.)

(ASH-Ashur-nasir-aplu or ASH-PAP-A) Assyrian king of the new Kingdom, son and successor of Tukulti-Ninurta II. With Assur-nasirpal II, Assyria continued to be a major power. The King was good politician better military and administrator, if well megalomaniac and cruel, as it is apparent from their inscriptions where it does not have no qualms in saying, alluding to the vanquished: "I desollé many throughout the country, and hung his skin on the walls," among other phrases of similar tenor. In any case, it consolidated the achievements of his predecessors and gave its military companies a clear economic content which resulted in material prosperity of Assyria.

Thanks to its Annals imperialist military career is known: campaigns for North and Northwest; occupation of Tushkan (today Kurkh) in the country of Nairi, which returned on other occasions; campaign for the Zagros, against King Dagara, and where reorganized some cities which took as military bases; campaigns by the Khabur and the Euphrates middle (Sukhi country), where he/she founded two cities: Kar-Asurnasirapli (today such time Zalabiyah) and Nibarti-Assur (today Halabiyah); campaigns against Akhuni, head of the Syrian State of Bit Adini, whom he/she forced to pay him tribute; and finally arrived in the Mediterranean, after having collected tributes from Bit Bakhiani, Azalla, of the neohitita King Sangara Karhemish and the coastal cities of tyre, Sidon, Byblos and other enclaves. After the story of a new expedition conducted by the mountains of the North, the annals of the King are muted for the last seven years of reign. Assur-nasirpal II, as well as restore the temples of Assur and Nineveh, built a royal residence in Kalakh (now Nimrud), about 30 km from the current Mosul, who embellished with a sumptuous palace - his reliefs are partly in the British Museum--and with magnificent buildings, and that protected with solid double walls. The opening of the city invited to 69.574 people to a banquet that lasted ten days, as we know from a stele (Estela de el Banquete, today in the Iraq Museum in Baghdad). He/She was succeeded on the throne by Shalmaneser III. Assur-nasirpal II have come, among other archaeological remains, the famous white Obelisk, also attributed by some asiriologos to Assur-nasirpal I, located at Kuyunjik and piece today in the British Museum, and a magnificent sculpture of limestone (1.06 m in height), found in Kalakh (also in the same Museum), whose texts collected name, titles, and genealogy of the King.