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755-745 BCE

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Ashur-nirari 5

Ruler of Assyria 755-745 BCE, 10 years.
The empire had been divided, with unruly dignitaries and local rulers ignoring orders from the royal court was for more than 50 years when Ashur-nirari took office. The strong man remained the same as with his two predecessors, the commander-in-chief of the army, Shamshu-ilu. The king was forced to abstain from military campaigns over several years, quite unusual for an Assyrian king, and a clear indication of a weak position. There was little change in the empire through his reign, he have gained the position of taking measures.

755: Succeeds his brother, Ashur-dan 3. It is not clear whether this corresponds with Ashur-dan's death.
746: A revolt breaks out.
745: Tiglath-Pileser 3 takes the throne, him being possibly Ashur-nirari's brother or son. It is not clear whether Ashur-nirari lived on after this.

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