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Sennacherib - (7th century BC)

Biographical Details

In a letter of 20th September 1914, May Sladden refers to her father, Julius Sladden, reading the Sennacherib lesson and relating it to the present situation.

Sennacherib was king of Assyria 705 BCE–681 BCE and is remembered for his military campaigns against Babylon and Judah and for his building programs, notably at his capital, Nineveh.  The primary preoccupation of Sennacherib's reign was the so-called "Babylonian problem", the refusal of the Babylonians to accept Assyrian rule, culminating in his destruction of the city in 689 BCE. Further campaigns were carried out in Syria.

Sennacherib was assassinated in obscure circumstances in 681 BCE, apparently by his eldest son (his designated successor, Esarhaddon, was the youngest). In Babylon, his death was seen as divine punishment for the destruction of that city.

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