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King of Assyria
King of the Old Assyrian Empire
Reign1398-1391 BC
SuccessorAshur-nadin-ahhe II
IssueAshur-nadin-ahhe II

Aur-r?'im-niu, inscribed mda?-?ur-ÁG-UN.ME?-?u, meaning "(the god) Aur loves his people,"[1] was ruler of Assyria, or ii'ak Aur, "vice-regent of Aur," written in Sumerian: PA.TE.SI (=ÉNSI), c. 1408-1401 BC or c. 1398-1391 BC (short chronology), the 70th to be listed on the Assyrian King List. He is best known for his reconstruction of the inner city wall of Aur.


Messerschmidt's line art for Aur-r?'im-niu's memorial cone.[i 1]

All three extant Assyrian Kinglists[i 2][i 3][i 4] give his filiation as "son of Aur-b?l-niu," the monarch who immediately preceded him, but this is contradicted by the sole extant contemporary inscription, a cone giving a dedicatory inscription for the reconstruction of the wall of the inner city of Aur, which gives his father as Aur-n?r?r? II (written phonetically on the third line of the illustration),[2] the same as his predecessor who was presumably therefore his brother. With Ber-n?din-ae, another son of Aur-n?r?r? who was given the title "supreme judge," it seems he may have been the third of Aur-n?r?r?'s sons to rule.[3]

The cone identifies the previous restorers as Kikkia (c. 2000 BC), Ikunum (1867-1860 BC), Sargon I (1859 BC - ?), Puzur-Aur II, and Aur-n?r?ri I (1547-1522 BC) the son of Ishme-Dagan II (1579-1562 BC).[4] The reference to Kikkia's original fortification of the city is repeated in one of the later king's, Salm?nu-a?ar?d III, own inscriptions.[5] It was recovered from an old adobe wall three meters from the northern edge of the ziggurat.[6]

He was succeeded by his son, Aur-nadin-a II.


  1. ^ Cone VAT? 2764, first published KAH 1 no. 63 (1911).
  2. ^ Khorsabad Kinglist iii 7.
  3. ^ SDAS Kinglist iii 1.
  4. ^ Nassouhi Kinglist iii 11.


  1. ^ K. Radner (1998). The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, Volume 1, Part I: A. The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project. p. 209.
  2. ^ J. A. Brinkman (1973). "Comments on the Nasouhi Kinglist and the Assyrian Kinglist Tradition". Orientalia. 42: 312.
  3. ^ B. Newgrosh (1999). "The Chronology of Ancient Assyria Re-assessed". JAVF. 8: 80.
  4. ^ A. K. Grayson (1972). Assyrian Royal Inscriptions, Volume I. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz. pp. 39-40.
  5. ^ Hildegard Lewy (1966). The Cambridge Ancient History: Assyria c.2600-1816 B.C. p. 21.
  6. ^ L. Messerschmidt (1911). Keilschrifttexte aus Assur Historischen Inhalts, Erstes Heft. VDOG. p. xii.
Preceded by
King of Assyria
1398–1391 BC
Succeeded by
Aur-nadin-a II

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