Blair’s Assyrian Chronology

On the left column, Blair lists a date each from 3 of the leading chronologists of his time. In this article, they will be marked as U for Ussher, H for Hales, and C for Clinton. Another name that is abbreviated below is Layard (L).

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Nimrod or Belus. U-2245, H-2554, C-2235.

Ninus. U-2069, C-2182.

Semiramis. U-2007, C-2130.

Ninyas. U-1965, C-2088.

Arius. U-1927, C-2050.

Chedorlaomer. U-1912, H-2070.

Araleus. U-1897, C-2020.

Xerxes or Baleus. U-1857, C-1980.

Armanites. U-1827. C-1950.

Belochus. U-1789, C-1912.

Baleus. U-1754, C-1860.

Altades. U-1702, C-1808.

Mamitus. U-1670, C-1776.

Manchaleus. U-1640, C-1610.

Spherus. U-1610, C-1580.

Mamilus. U-1590, C-1560.

Sparetus. U-1560, C-1530.

Ascatades. U-1520, C-1490.

Amyntas. U-1480, C-1450.

Belochus. U-1435, C-1405.

Bellepares. U-1410, C-1380.

Lamprides. U-1380, C-1348.

Sosares. U-1348, C-1316.

Lampares. U-1328, C-1296.

Panyas. U-1298, C-1266.

Sosarmus (Derceto?). U-1253, C-1229.

Mithraeus. U-1234, C-1210.

Teutamus (Divanukha/Divanurish?). U-1207, C-1186.

Teutaeus. U-1156, C-1154.

Thineus. U-1135, C-1114.

Blair makes a note here that the dates of the different chronologists don’t vary as much and so only one date is listed except in particular cases. The following dates are mainly based on Layard and Clinton’s information. Also, the following information is pulled from the column named “Nineveh or Assyria”, where the above information was pulled from the column named “Assyria”.

Anakbar-beth-Hira (Shimishbal-Bithkira?). C-1128, L-1180.

Dereylus. C-1084.

Mardokempad. Mesessimordacus. C-1049.

Eupales. C-1044.

Laosthenes. C-1006

Adrammelech I. C-1000.

Pyritiades. C-961.

Anakn Merodak. Shimish Bar. C-960.

Ophrataeus. C-931.

Ashurakhbal or Sardanapalus I. C-930.

Ophratenes or Ephecheres. C-910.

Divanubar. C-900.

Shamas Adur, or Shamsiyav. C-870.

Acrazanes. C-860.

Adrammelech II. C-840.

Γonosomachus, or Sardanapalus. C-818.

Baldasi. C-800.

Ashurkish. C-782.

Pul. C-777.

Blair notes here that chronology becomes even more regular, showing less deviations in the dates given by different chronologists.

Tiglath-pileser. 747.

Shalmanezer. 730.

Sargon. 722.

Sennacherib. C-713, L-703.

Esarhaddon or Sardanapalus II. C-711, L-690.

Asordanus or Nergilus. 691.

Adrameles or Sammughes. 687.

Axerdis. 670.

Ashurakhbal, or Sardanapalus III. 663.

Nabuchodonosor, or Sardanapalus. 650.

Saracus, or Ninus II., or Sardanapalus. 628.

Capture of Nineveh and fall of the Assyrian Empire. 606.

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Reign Duration Information

Hales is excluded from this as he does not have nearly enough information listed. I will note that he has the longest time attributed to the existence of the Assyrian Empire. A = the start of the Assyrian Empire and B = the end of the Assyrian Empire. Reign lengths are indicated after the name.

A = 1. B = U-1,639, H-1948, C-1629.

Start of the Assyrian Empire.

Nimrod or Belus. U-176, C-53.

Ninus. U-62, C-52.

Semiramis. U-42, C-42.

Ninyas. U-38, C-38.

Arius. U-15 (or 30), C-30.

*Chedorlaomer. Clinton does not give a date for this person. If we skip him over, Ussher’s reign for Arius is 30 years instead of 15.

Araleus. U-40, C-40.

Xerxes or Baleus. U-30, C-30.

Armanites. U-38, C-38.

Belochus. U-35, C-52.

Baleus. U-52, C-52.

Altades. U-32, C-32.

Mamitus. U-30, C-166.

Manchaleus. U-30, C-30.

Spherus. U-20, C-20.

Mamilus. U-30, C-30.

Sparetus. U-40, C-40.

Ascatades. U-40, C-40.

Amyntas. U-45, C-45.

Belochus. U-25, C-25.

Bellepares. U-30, C-32.

Lamprides. U-32, C-32.

Sosares. U-20, C-20.

Lampares. U-30, C-30.

Panyas. U-45, C-37.

Sosarmus (Derceto?). U-19, C-19.

Mithraeus. U-27, C-24.

Teutamus (Divanukha/Divanurish?). U-51, C-32.

Teutaeus. U-21, C-40.

*Basically only one line of dates is given from this point on.

Anakbar-beth-Hira (Shimishbal-Bithkira?). 44.

Dereylus. 35.

Mardokempad. Mesessimordacus. 5.

Eupales. 38.

Laosthenes. 6.

Adrammelech I. 39.

Pyritiades. 1.

Anakn Merodak. Shimish Bar. 29.

Ophrataeus. 1.

Ashurakhbal or Sardanapalus I. 20.

Ophratenes or Ephecheres. 10.

Divanubar. 30.

Shamas Adur, or Shamsiyav. 10.

Acrazanes. 20.

Adrammelech II. 22.

Γonosomachus, or Sardanapalus. 18.

Baldasi. 18.

Ashurkish. 5.

Pul. 30.

Blair notes that the chronology become even more consistent between dates given by chronologists from this point on.

Tiglath-pileser. 17.

Shalmanezer. 8.

Sargon. C-9, L-19.

Sennacherib. C-2, L-13.

Esarhaddon or Sardanapalus II. 20.

Asordanus or Nergilus. 4.

Adrameles or Sammughes. 17.

Axerdis. 7.

Ashurakhbal, or Sardanapalus III. 13.

Nabuchodonosor, or Sardanapalus. 22.

Saracus, or Ninus II., or Sardanapalus. 22.

End of the Assyrian Empire.

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Charts

There are three main groupings in Blair’s chronological tables.
Group 1 has 29 points and is from “Nimrod or Belus” to “Thineus”.
Group 2 has 19 points and is from “Anakbar-beth-Hira (Shimishbal-Bithkira?)” to “Pul”.
Group 3 has 11 points and is from “Tiglath-pileser” to the end of the Assyrian Empire.

Group 1 has the most variation. There are different rule lengths attributed to the same persons.

Usher:
Group One:
(176), (62), (42), (38), (15, 30), (40), (30), (38), (35), (52), (32), (30), (30), (20), (30), (40), (40), (45), (25), (30), (32), (20), (30), (45), (19), (27), (51), (21)

Clinton:
Group One:
(53), (52), (42), (38), (30), (40), (30), (38), (52), (52), (32), (166), (30), (20), (30), (40), (40), (45), (25), (32), (32), (20), (30), (37), (19), (24), (32), (40)

Blair’s complete Assyrian Empire chronology:
Group One:
(176, 53), (62, 52), (42), (38), (15, 30), (40), (30), (38), (35, 52), (52), (32), (30, 166), (30), (20), (30), (40), (40), (45), (25), (30, 32), (32), (20), (30), (45, 37), (19), (27, 24), (51, 32), (21, 40)
Group Two:
(44), (35), (5), (38), (6), (39), (1), (29), (1), (20), (10), (30), (10), (20), (22), (18), (18), (5), (30)
Group Three:
(17), (8), (9, 19), (2, 13), (20), (4), (17), (7), (13), (22), (22)

Blue is Ussher and red is Clinton until about the halfway point, where it changes to red is Clinton and the blue deviations are Layard.

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References:

[1] – https://books.google.com/books?id=6Cc9AAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false. Accessed 11 August 2020.

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