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Circa Seventh Centuryb.c.e.

Chief Royal Physician


A Favorite of the King. Urad-Nanaya was an exorcist who rose to the position of chief physician to the Assyrian king Esarhaddon (680–669 B.C.E.). Urad-Nanaya corresponded with the king regularly, and fourteen of his letters are preserved. He was especially favored because he was the son of one of the highest-ranking scholars at court, Adad-shuma-usur, personal exorcist and close confidant of Esarhaddon.


Simo Parpola, ed., Letters from Assyrian and Babylonian Scholars, State Archives of Assyria, volume 10 (Helsinki: Helsinki University Press, 1993).

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