Tukulti-Ninurta II

Tukulti-Ninurta II was King of Assyria from 890 BC to 884 BC. He was the second king of the Neo Assyrian Empire.

Tukulti-Ninurta II
King of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
Reign890–884 BC
PredecessorAdad-Nirari II
SuccessorAshurnasirpal II
Died884 BC
IssueAshurnasirpal II
FatherAdad-Nirari II
Annals of Tukulti-Ninurta II


His father was Adad-nirari II, the first king of the Neo-Assyrian period. Tukulti-Ninurta consolidated the gains made by his father over the Neo-Hittites, Babylonians and Arameans, and successfully campaigned in the Zagros Mountains of Iran, subjugating the newly arrived Iranian peoples of the area, the Persians and Medes, during his brief reign.[1][self-published source]

Tukulti-Ninurta II was victorious over Ammi-Ba'al, the king of Bit-Zamani, and then entered into a treaty with him (which included prohibitions against selling horses to Assyria's foes), as a result of which Bit-Zamani became an ally, and in fact a vassal of Assyria. Ammi-Ba'al remained in power, but from that moment on, he had to support Tukulti-Ninurta II during his military expeditions to the Upper Tigris against the Hurrians and Urartians in Nairi.[2]

Tukulti-Ninurta II developed both Nineveh and Assur, in which he improved the city walls, built palaces and temples and decorated the gardens with scenes of his military achievements.[3]

His son, Ashurnasirpal II, succeeded him.


  1. ^ George V. Yana (2008). "Ancient and Modern Assyrians: A Scientific Analysis". Xlibris Corporation. p. 149. ISBN 9781465316295.
  2. ^ Edward Lipiński (2000). "The Aramaeans: Their Ancient History, Culture, Religion". Peeters Publishers. p. 517. ISBN 9789042908598.
  3. ^ John Malcolm Russell (1999). "The Writing on the Wall: Studies in the Architectural Context of Late Assyrian Palace Inscriptions". Eisenbrauns. p. 222. ISBN 9780931464959.
Preceded by King of Assyria
890–884 BC
Succeeded by