Nebuchadnezzar II

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As a young military commander, Nebuchadnezzar II (born c. 630 BC) defeated Egyptian forces at Carchemish, giving his father control over Syria. His first ambition when he ascended to the throne was to expand his empire, taking Jerusalem and Judah, and attacking Egypt. His second ambition was to rebuild the city of Babylon, making it one of the wonders of the ancient world.

Further Reading:

Mieroop, M. (2007) A History of the Ancient Near East
Gill, A. (2010) Gateway of the Gods: The Rise and Fall of Babylon
Oates, J. (1986) Babylon

The Teaching Company: (http://www.thegreatcourses.com/)

Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia – Professor Alexis Castor Ph.D. – Franklin and Marshall College
Ancient Near Eastern Mythology – Professor Shalom Goldman Ph.D. – Emory University
Ancient Empires before Alexander – Professor Robert L. Dise Jr. Ph.D. – University of Northern Iowa
Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor – Professor Kenneth W. Harl Ph.D. – Tulane University
Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World – Professor Glenn S. Holland Ph.D. – Allegheny College
Cities of the Ancient World – Professor Steven L. Tuck Ph.D. – Miami University

Date: June 25, 2017