Ashurbanipal (668-627 BCE, also known as Assurbanipal) was the last of the great kings of Assyria. His name means “the god Ashur is creator of an heir” and he was the son of King Esarhaddon of the Neo-Assyrian Empire.

He achieved the greatest territorial expansion of the Assyrian Empire which included BabyloniaPersiaSyria, and Egypt(although Egypt was lost as a result of a revolt under the reign of the Egyptian Pharaoh Psammetichus I). Ashurbanipal was a popular king who ruled his citizens fairly

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