The Education of Neo-Assyrian Princes

Silvie Zamazalová

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

The Education of Neo-Assyrian Princes


This article examines the education of Neo-Assyrian princes, focusing on Neo-Assyrian King Assurbanipal. It explains that Assurbanipal was the eldest son of King Esarhaddon and his rise to power began in 672 bc when he replaced his elder brother Sin-nadin-apli as crown prince of Assyria. This article draws on a broad range of additional sources from the Sargonid period to a more balanced picture and place Assurbanipal's learnedness in a wider historical context. It discusses Assurbanipal's education according to a royal inscription and describes his performance in the royal lion hunt which was a test and demonstration of the ruler's fitness for kingship.

Keywords: Neo-Assyrian princes; King Assurbanipal; Assyria; Sargonid period; education; royal lion hunt; kingship

Article.  8294 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies

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