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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  probably  the  same  as  Assur-bani-pal  (Sardanapalos  of  the 
  Greeks),  styled  the  "great  and  noble"  (Ezra  4:10),  was  the  son 
  and  successor  (B.C.  668)  of  Esar-haddon  (q.v.).  He  was 
  "luxurious,  ambitious,  and  cruel,  but  a  magnificent  patron  of 
  literature."  He  formed  at  Nineveh  a  library  of  clay  tablets, 
  numbering  about  10,000.  These  are  now  mostly  in  the  British 
  Museum.  They  throw  much  light  on  the  history  and  antiquities  of 
  Assur-bani-pal  was  a  munificent  patron  of  literature,  and  the 
  conqueror  of  Elam.  Towards  the  middle  of  his  reign  his  empire 
  was  shaken  by  a  great  rebellion  headed  by  his  brother  in 
  Babylon.  The  rebellion  was  finally  put  down  but  Egypt  was  lost, 
  and  the  military  power  of  Assyria  was  so  exhausted  that  it  could 
  with  difficulty  resist  the  hordes  of  Kimmerians  who  poured  over 
  Western  Asia.  (See  {NINEVEH}.) 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Asnapper,  unhappiness;  increase  of  danger