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Ca. 1233-1197 BCE


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Tukulti-Ninurta 1



Assyria around the reign of Tukulti-Ninurta 1

(Dead 1197 BCE) Ruler of Assyria ca. 1233-1197 BCE, 36 years.
He managed to increase Assyrian influence over Mesopotamia, making king Kashtiliashu 6 of Babylonia his vassal. The second time he subjugated Babylonia, he plundered the temples in Babylon, causing anger even in Assyria, and weakening his position. He responded by starting to build a new capital, right across the river from Ashur, naming it Kar-Tukulti-Ninurta, but it would never come into use.
He drove many thousand Hittites out of their homelands in eastern Asia Minor.
Among his building projects were to erect a ziggurat for goddess Ishtar-Dinitu, a building that would become the model for later grand Assyrian buildings. He also extended for fortifications of Ashur.
He appears in Greek legends under the name, Ninus.

Biography
Ca. 1233 BCE: Succeeds his father, Shalmaneser 1 as king of Assyria.
1197: Is killed, possibly by his son, Ashur-nadin-apli, who becomes new king.





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