Ashurnasirpal I

Ashurnasirpal I (1049-1031 BC) was a son of Šamšī-Adad IV [http:/riao/thekingdomofassyria1114884bc/shamshiadadiv/index.html] (1053-1050 BC). According to the Khorsabad King List [http:/riao/kinglists/assyriankinglist/khorsabadlist/index.html], in which he appears as the ninety-second ruler of Ashur, he reigned for 19 years and was succeeded by his son Shalmaneser II [http:/riao/thekingdomofassyria1114884bc/shalmaneserii/index.html] (1030-1019 BC) (Grayson 1986, 113). The Khorsabad King List is the only evidence on which the questionable existence of this king is based, and the passage may be an error. No royal inscriptions from Ashurnasirpal I are preserved, a possible exception being a broken stele from the so-called "row of steles" at Ashur (Grayson 1991, 122). A number of prayers and hymns to Ishtar are ascribed to Ashurnasirpal I. In his penitential prayer to Ishtar of Nineveh, known from a copy of Assurbanipal's library, he claims that he restored her cult and reports to be born in the mountains that nobody knows. Some scholars have attributed the so-called "White Obelisk" to Ashurnasirpal I (Fischer 1998, 205). His name might be restored in a fragmentary literary text BM 098941 [] (Grayson 1976, 63 n. 261). The following inscriptions have been ascribed to the first king with this name for practical purposes.

[Alexander Kudryavtsev]


Fischer, S., Ashurnasirpal I. In K. Radner (Ed.), The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (Volume 1, Part I: A), p. 205, Helsinki, 1998
Grayson, A. K., Assyrian Royal Inscriptions (Part 2), p. 54, Wiesbaden, 1976
Grayson, A. K., Königslisten und Chroniken. B. Akkadisch. In D. O. Edzard (Ed.), Reallexikon der Assyriologie und vorderasiatischen Archäologie (Band 6), pp. 86–135, Berlin, 1986
Grayson, A. K., Assyrian Rulers of the Early First Millennium BC I (1114-859 BC), RIMA 2, University of Toronto, 1991

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This text is inscribed on a brick from Ashur. It has not been possible to locate the brick itself.

[Poppy Tushingham]

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Source: KAH 2 no. 80


1922 Schroeder, KAH 2 no. 80 (copy)
1926 Luckenbill, ARAB 1 §345 (translation)
1932 Unger, MAOG 6/1-2 p. 16 (edition)
1976 Grayson, ARI 2 XCII 1 (translation)
1991 Grayson, RIMA 2, pp. 122-3 A.0.92.1 (edition)


A fragment of a clay cone from Ashur preserves part of an inscription similar to Šamši-Adad IV text no. 4 []. Because that monarch's name is mentioned in the genealogy, apparently at the end, this text could belong to Ashurnasirpal I (see text no. 1 above) or his son and successor Shalmaneser II [].

[Poppy Tushingham]

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Source: Ist A 03382 (Ass 03128)


1984 Donbaz and Grayson, RICCA no. 120 (copy, edition)
1991 Grayson, RIMA 2, pp. 123 A.0.92.1001 (edition)

Jamie Novotny, Poppy Tushingham & Alexander Kudryavtsev

Jamie Novotny, Poppy Tushingham & Alexander Kudryavtsev, 'Ashurnasirpal I', The Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online (RIAo) Project, The RIAo Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2020 []

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