Ashur-uballit II

(late seventh century b.c.)
   The last monarch of the Assyrian Empire. Following the destruction of Nineveh and other Assyrian cities by the Medes and the Babylonians in about 612 to 611 b.c., Sin-shar-ishkun, the last surviving son of King Ashurbanipal, was killed. Afterward a military officer took charge of the pitiful remnants of the Assyrian royal court and army. Perhaps for propaganda value, he took the throne name Ashur-uballit, an earlier Assyrian king known for his ferocity. In 610 b.c. he made a last stand at Harran on the upper reaches of the Euphrates; but the Medes and the Babylonians took the city, and the short-lived Assyrian king was heard of no more.
   See also: Assyrian Empire; Medes; Nineveh

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