Ninurta Timeline

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  • c. 3000 BCE - c. 2000 BCE
    Ninurta first mentioned as Ningirsu, an agricultural god who evolves into a war god.
  • c. 2600 BCE
    Referred to as Ninurta regularly in inscriptions.
  • c. 2000 BCE - c. 1000 BCE
    Ninurta, though still associated with agriculture, is primarily a hero-god of war.
  • c. 1700 BCE - c. 1500 BCE
    Composition date for The Instructions of Ninurta, the world's first "Farmer's Almanac".
  • c. 1244 BCE - 1208 BCE
    Reign of Assyrian king Tukulti-Ninurta I who honors the god by taking his name.
  • 884 BCE - 859 BCE
    Reign of Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II who dedicates the city of Kalhu to Ninurta.
  • 879 BCE
    Ashurnasirpal II declares Kalhu capital of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, dedicates temple to Ninurta.
  • 681 BCE - 669 BCE
    Reign of Esarhaddon of Neo-Assyrian Empire, who regularly invokes Ninurta.
  • 668 BCE - 627 BCE
    Reign of Ashurbanipal of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, regularly mentions Ninurta in his inscriptions.
  • 612 BCE
    Fall of the Neo-Assyrian Empire and destruction of Ninurta's temples.