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Ca. 1050-1032 or 1031 BCE

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Ashurnasirpal 1

King of Assyria 1050-ca. 1031 BCE, 19 years.
Ashurnasirpal was the son of king Shamshi-Adad 4, and grandson of king Tiglath-pileser 1. Ashurnasirpal means "Ashur is Guardian of the Sun".
The reign of Ashurnasirpal was one weakened from widespread famine and pressure from nomads in the Western Desert. These tribes caused the Assyrians many defeats, and much territory was lost to them.
In one of the few direct sources we have to Ashurnasirpal, we hear him praying for help from the goddess, Ishtar, calling himself "The Sorrowful One".

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By Tore Kjeilen