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date: 25 November 2020

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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

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