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is the modern name of the acropolis of the ancient Assyrian city of Calah on the middle Tigris, at the mouth of the Great Zab. According to Gen 10:11f., it was built by Nimrod, its legendary king and founder. The excavations begun in 1845 focused primarily on the citadel (= [Tell] Nimrud) at the southwest corner of the city and the arsenal of Shalmaneser III (= Tell ʿAzar; so-called Fort Shalmaneser) in the southeast. Settlement on the acropolis goes back to prehistoric times. The…

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Berlejung, Angelika, “Nimrūd”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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