Ashurnasirpal II

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Ashurnasirpal II

(ä`sho͝ornä`zĭrpäl), d. 860? B.C., king of ancient Assyria (884–860? B.C.), also called Ashurnazirpal II and Assurnasirbal II. One of the earliest of the Assyrian conquerors, he gained territory as far west as the Mediterranean. In initiating a system of installing Assyrian governors in conquered lands, Ashurnasirpal helped to create a centralized state. Excavations of the palace and temple built by Ashurnasirpal at CalahCalah
or Kalakh
, ancient city of Assyria, S of Nineveh and therefore S of present Mosul, Iraq. Known as Calah in the Bible, it is the same as the ancient Nimrud, named after a legendary Assyrian hunting hero.
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 revealed many bas-reliefs portraying the king's conquests in a narrative style. He was succeeded by his son Shalmaneser III.
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Ashurnasirpal II

 

king of Assyria (883 to 859 B.C).

Ashurnasirpal conquered northern Mesopotamia, northern Syria, and Phoenicia. Bas-reliefs are known from the palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Calah (modern Nimrud); some of them are preserved in the State Hermitage (Leningrad).

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One current Learning Sites project is the digital reconstruction of the Northwest Palace of Ashur-nasir-pal II located in Nimrud, Assyria (present-day Iraq).