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Assyrian king. Source: dani3315 / Adobe Stock.

Ashurbanipal: The Most Powerful Man on Earth (Video)

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Ashurbanipal, the last formidable king of Assyria, stood as the epitome of power and dominance in the ancient world. With his empire extending from Egypt to Persia, he reigned as the most powerful man on Earth. As a king, Ashurbanipal possessed an insatiable thirst for conquest and an unyielding determination to expand his dominion. His military campaigns were marked by ruthless efficiency and strategic brilliance, leaving a trail of conquered territories in his wake. He established a vast network of vassal states, ensuring his authority extended far beyond the borders of Assyria.

However, Ashurbanipal's power extended beyond military might. He was an avid scholar, amassing an extensive library in Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. This collection contained a wealth of knowledge, including historical texts, scientific treatises, and literary masterpieces. His passion for learning elevated him as a patron of the arts and sciences, and his patronage attracted scholars and intellectuals from far and wide. Despite his unmatched power, Ashurbanipal's empire eventually crumbled under the weight of internal strife and external invasions. Nevertheless, his legacy as the most powerful man on Earth endured.

Top image: Assyrian king. Source: dani3315 / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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