Ashurnasirpal II Assyrian King 883 BC
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Ashur-nasir-pal II (transliteration: Aur-nṣir-apli, meaning "Ashur is guardian of the heir") was king of Assyria from 883 to 859 BC
Ashur-nasir-pal II succeeded his father, Tukulti-Ninurta II, in 884 BC. He was renowned for his brutality, conquered Mesopotamia and the territory of what is now the Lebanon, adding them to the growing Assyrian empire, and built Nimrud.

Ashur-nasir-pal II's palace was built and completed in 879 BC in Kalhu, which is in modern-day Iraq slightly north of Baghdad. The palace walls were lined with reliefs carved in alabaster. These reliefs bore elaborate carvings, many portraying the king surrounded by winged protective spirits, or engaged in hunting or on campaign. Each also had text inscribed in it. This text was the same or very similar on each relief and is therefore called the Standard Inscription. The Standard Inscription begins by tracing Ashur-nasir-pal II's lineage back three generations and recounts his military victories, defines the boundaries of his empire, tells how he founded Kalhu, and built the palace. Ashurnasirpal II also built a massive gateway at Nimrud.

The British archaeologist A.H. Layard excavated Kalhu in the 1840s, uncovering the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II. Today, many of the reliefs from the excavations in Nimrud, adorn the galleries of the British Museum, London, with other reliefs on display in museums in Europe (e.g. Munich), Japan and the USA.

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