Aššur-nārārī V

The disarray which characterized Assyria during the reign of Aššur-dān III [/riao/theassyrianempire883745bc/ashurdaniii/index.html] (772-755 BC) continued during the reign of his successor, Aššur-nārāri V (754-745 BC), a third son of Adad-nārārī III [/riao/theassyrianempire883745bc/adadnarariiii/index.html] (810-783 BC) to ascend the throne of Assyria. Unfortunately, no annalistic accounts survive from his reign, although he is attested in a fragmentary decree (text no. 1) and a treaty [/saao/P336039/] between him and Matiʾ-ilu, king of Arpad, is preserved.

The Assyrian eponym chronicle [/saao/saas2/Q007771.116/] for his reign indicates that he went on campaign only four times, and was at home much more often. The Urartian king Sarduri II [/ecut/urartianrulersandtheirinscriptions/sarduriiisonofargitiia9andb9/index.html] mentions defeating Aššur-nārārī V in two [http:/ecut/Q007046,Q007047/] of his inscriptions (see, for example, eCUT A 09-01 l.e. 1-10 [/ecut/Q007046.98/]). This event probably corresponded to the Assyrian campaign to Arpad of 754, Aššur-nārārī V's first regnal year, listed in the Assyrian eponym chronicle. The army did not go on campaign again for five years, and Aššur-nārārī's final two campaigns were against Namri to the southeast of Nimrud. His reign concluded in 746 BC with Nimrud in revolt and, on 13th Ayyaru 745, Tiglath-pileser III [http:/rinap/rinap1/rinap1introduction/historicaloverviewtiglathpileseriii/index.html] (744-727 BC) took the throne of Assyria.

[J. Caleb Howard]


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This text is engraved on a fragment of a black stone stele. Its provenance is unknown. The text contains a description of a battle, reports about appointing Marduk-šarra-uṣur as a governor and grants a tax-exempt land to a certain Zaza[...]. On the left side of the stele there are remains of a snake carved in relief, which reminds of a stone upon which the royal decree of Adad-nārārī III (text no. 9) is inscribed.

[Alexander Kudryavtsev]

Access the composite text [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/riao/Q006692/] of Aššur-nārārī V 01.

Source: IM 055640


1976 Dalley, Iraq 38 pp. 107-111 and pl. XVII (photo, edition)
1982 Börker-Klähn, Bildstelen no. 169 (photo, study)
1994 Al-Rawi, Iraq 56 p. 43 (copy, edition)

J. Caleb Howard & Alexander Kudryavtsev

J. Caleb Howard & Alexander Kudryavtsev, 'Aššur-nārārī V', The Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online (RIAo) Project, The RIAo Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2020 [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/riao/theassyrianempire883745bc/ashurnarariv/]

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