556-539BC (17)

Amel-Marduk: king of Babylonia, ruled 562-560.


  • Father: Nebuchadnezzar
  • Mother: Amytis (?)
  • Sister: Kasšaya (married to Neriglissar)

Main deeds:

  • Original name: Nabū-šuma-ukīn
  • Falls victim to a court conspiracy; is sent to jail, where he meets former king Jehoiachin of Judah
  • Before Ulūlu 566: released; he accepts a new name, Amel-Marduk ("Man of Marduk")
  • 562: Becomes king after the death of his father
  • Releases Jehoiachin (2 Kings 25.27-30; more...)
  • 560: Overthrown by his brother-in-law Neriglissar; killed
  • Succeeded by: Neriglissar


Irving Finkel, "The Lament of Nabū-šuma-ukīn" in J. Renger (ed.), Babylon. Focus mesopotamischer Geschichte, Wiege früher Gelehrtsamkeit, Mythos in der Moderne (1999 Saaerbrücken) 323-341

Taken from: Livius
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