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Creators: M. Roaf, T. Sinclair, S.E. Kroll, St J. Simpson Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Jun 15, 2023 08:50 AM History
This important Mesopotamian city flanks the eastern edge of the Tigris flood plain, opposite modern Mosul, of which it is now a suburb. From the third millennium B.C. onwards, Nineveh was the most important religious center of the goddess Ištar in the area that would become the Assyrian heartland. Starting in the Middle Assyrian period, the city came under the authority of the kings of Assyria, who often sponsored large-scale building activities there. However, it was not until 704 B.C. that Nineveh became the administrative capital of Assyria, when the Neo-Assyrian king Sennacherib moved the royal family and court there and transformed the city into a thriving imperial metropolis. Nineveh remained Assyria’s capital until 612 B.C., when it was captured and destroyed by a Babylonian-Median collation led by Nabopolassar and Cyaxares. The visible remains of the (7th-century) Assyrian city include the citadel mound Kuyunjik, the smaller mound of Nebi Yunus, and the twelve-kilometer-long city wall.

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settlement, archaeological site

Barrington Atlas: BAtlas 89 F4 Nineveh/Ninos

The Barrington Atlas Directory notes: Kuyunjik IRQ

According to the Old Testament book of Jonah, Nineveh was home to 120,000 people and took three days to cross. Islamic Tradition has it that the mound of Nebi Yunus ("Prophet Jonah"), the spot where an Assyrian armory was built, contains the grave of the prophet Jonah, who is believed to have died in Nineveh; it is the site of an important mosque.


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M. Roaf, T. Sinclair, S.E. Kroll, St J. Simpson, Brady Kiesling, Sean Gillies, Johan Åhlfeldt, Valeria Vitale, Jeffrey Becker, Carolin Johansson, Jamie Novotny, Tom Elliott, DARMC, Gabriel Bodard, R. Talbert, Francis Deblauwe, and Rune Rattenborg, 'Nineveh/Ninos: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2023 <> [accessed: 10 December 2023]

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