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648 BC

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648 BC

Middle East

  • Babylon falls to Assyrian forces after a 3-year siege (see 651 BC); starved out by his half brother Ashurbanipal, king Shamash-shum-ukin commits suicide in his burning palace, allegedly having built a pyre of his concubines and royal treasure as the Assyrians slaughter his city's garrison and much of its population.
  • Greece

  • Messenians in the Peloponnese revolt against Sparta under the leadership of king Aristomenes, beginning a struggle that will continue until 631 BC.
  • April 6 - The earliest solar eclipse to be chronicled by the Greeks is observed.
  • Sports

  • Greece's 33rd games of the Olympiad is held at Olympia with a new event: the pankration is a no-holds-barred contest that combines boxing and wrestling.
  • Births

  • Josiah, king of Judah (d. 609 BC)
  • Deaths

  • Shamash-shum-ukin, Assyrian king of Babylonia
  • References

    648 BC Wikipedia

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