geographical name \ˈni-nə-və\

Definition of NINEVEH

ancient city of Assyria; ruins in Iraq on the Tigris opposite Mosul

Variants of NINEVEH

Nin·e·veh or Latin Ni·nus \ˈnī-nəs\


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Oldest and most populous city of ancient Assyria, on the eastern bank of the Tigris River opposite modern Mosul, Iraq. Its greatest development was under Sennacherib and Ashurbanipal in the 7th century BC. It was captured and destroyed by Nabopolassar of Babylonia and his allies, the Scythians and Medes, in 612 BC. Excavations made in 1845–51 revealed palaces, a library, city walls, and many gates and buildings.


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