American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Ashurbanipal fl. seventh century B.C. King of Assyria (669-626) who was a noted patron of literature and the arts.
- n. king of Assyria who built a magnificent palace and library at Nineveh (668-627 BC)
“Iraqis talked about Hammurabi and Ashurbanipal as if they were relatives who just stopped in for tea last week.”
“Ashurbanipal slumps into his wife, and raises his head.”
“Below, on the steps leading to the courtyard of the Library, Ashurbanipal, the last of the great Assyrian kings, faces his death.”
“Ashurbanipal, as the only Assyrian king capable of reading script, knows well what the scroll holds.”
“The sons stroll in with their retinue, and the youngest son approaches Ashurbanipal.”
“Phillip takes another bite of the apple and thinks, while watching Ashurbanipal slump further into his wife and consorts, I need to fix things.”
“Imagine the memories that fire must have rekindled in the ancient Nineveh soil: on these very shores of the biblical Tigris River, in the seventh century before our era, the conquering armies of Babylonians, Medes, and Scythians burned down the vast library of the neo-Assyrian king Ashurbanipal—the first systematically arranged library in the ancient Middle East, a collection of tens of thousands of texts pressed into cuneiform tablets.”
““The Baath Party, which claims to uphold Arabism, has the audacity to assert that they are the descendants of Ninive, Babylon, Kings Ashurbanipal and Hammurabi, and that great civilization which was destroyed by the Arab conquest they boast about,” declared the survivors of these ethnic communities, dispersed across the world, all the way to Chicago and Detroit.1”
“Many elements of this mural were inspired by a ca 650 B.C. relief from the palace of Ashurbanipal at Nineveh.”
“He established the Neo-Assyrian Empire which reached its zenith (from the Fertile Crescent to the Mediterranean including Egypt) under Ashurbanipal who ruled from 668 BC to 627 BC.”
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