I am Ashurbanipal

king of the world, king of Assyria


A penetrating insight into the ancient Assyrian empire, explored through the life of the last great king of Assyria, Ashurbanipal.


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In 669 BC Ashurbanipal inherited the world’s largest empire, which stretched from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran. He ruled from his massive capital at Nineveh, in present-day Iraq, where temples and palaces adorned with brilliantly carved sculptures dominated the citadel mound, and an elaborate system of aqueducts and canals brought water to the king’s pleasure gardens. Ashurbanipal, proud of his scholarship, assembled the greatest library in existence during his reign. Guided by this knowledge, he defined the course of the Assyrian empire and asserted his claim to be ‘king of the world’.

Beautifully illustrated and written by an international team of experts, this book features images of objects excavated from all corners of the empire. The British Museum’s unrivalled collection of Assyrian reliefs brings to life the tumultuous events of Ashurbanipal’s reign: his conquest of Egypt, the crushing defeat of his rebellious brother in Babylon and his ruthless campaign against the Elamite rulers of south-west Iran.

I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria provides an illuminating account of the Assyrian empire told through the story of its last great ruler, and highlights the importance of preserving Iraq’s rich cultural heritage for future generations.

Additional information

Weight 1899 g
Dimensions 25 x 27.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 January 2019
Number of pages 348
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Gareth Brereton
Dimensions 25 x 27.9 cm
Weight 1899 g


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