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Ashur-uballit II (Aššur-uballiṭ II) was the last king of the Assyrian empire. He reigned in the last capital city of Harran from 612 BC to somewhere between 609 and 605 BC, having escaped Nineveh during the siege and capture of that city by the Babylonian-Mede-Scythian alliance in 612 BC.

In alliance with Egypt, whose dynasty had been installed by the Assyrians, Ashuruballit's army was able to defend Harran from the combined Babylonian-Mede attack for a brief period following the destruction of Nineveh; however, when the Egyptian army were defeated and had to return their homeland in 610 BC, the Babylonians and Medes eventually took Harran and sacked it in 609 BC.

Assyria again called upon its former Egyptian colony, who came to their assistance. King Josiah of Judah allied himself with Babylon and tried to block the way of the forces of Egypt under Pharaoh Necho II. Josiah was defeated and killed at Meggido. Pharaoh Necho marched on together with Ashur-uballit II, to besiege Harran in 608 BC. They were defeated and the Egyptians retreated into northern Syria. Ashur-uballit II disappears from history, bringing an end to the Assyrian empire. Limmu new-year officials were appointed down to the very end of his recorded reign; his final known year (= 609 BC), known eponymously for the limmu as Gargamišayu ("the Carchemishite"), was the last year ever in history so to receive an official Assyrian name.[1][2]

It is possible that Ashur-uballit was killed in this 2nd siege of Harran in 608 BC, although this is not certain. He may well have survived and been involved in the final Assyrian-Egyptian defeat in the region, at Carchemish in 605 BC, or survived and disappeared into obscurity.[citation needed] In any event, he was never to arise again.

While it is clear that he was a member of the Assyrian royal family, and that he was a tartan of the Assyrian army before declaring himself king, there is some disagreement as to whether or not Ashur-uballit II was the brother of Sinsharishkun, who ruled the empire from 623 BC to 612 BC. He took his name from Ashur-uballit I, the Assyrian king who had overthrown Mitannian domination in about 1330 BC, and begun the Middle Assyrian era (1330 BC – 1076 BC).

Ashur-uballit II of Assyria
Preceded by
King of Assyria
612–609 BC
Succeeded by
Conquest by the Babylonians and Medians
  1. ^ Approche scientifique d'une chronologie absolue (French)
  2. ^ Geschichte Vorderasiens (German)

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