King Shamshi-Adad V

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Jan van der Crabben
published on 05 January 2022
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Assyrian stela of Shamshi-Adad V (823-811 BCE) from the temple of Nabu in Nimrud, c. 814 BCE, showing the kind worshipping symbols of the gods. The cross on the king's chest is a symbol of the sun god. Through his dress the Shamshi-Adad V is depicted as king of Babylon after the defeat of Marduk-balassu-iqbi in 814 BCE.

On the stela (not visible in the photo) there is a cuneiform inscription that gives an account of the king's military campaigns up to 814 BCE. The style of cuneiform used on the stela was already considered ancient when it was written, most likely to give the stela an air of authority.

British Museum, London. ANE 118892.

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Jan van der Crabben
Jan is the Founder and CEO of World History Encyclopedia. He holds an MA War Studies from King's College, and he has worked in the field of history-related digital media since 2006.

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