(place) Legendary 7th-cent. b.c. king of Assyria: notorious for his decadence.
A semi-legendary king of Assyria, as portrayed in Greek and later European art and literature.
Origin of sardanapalus
From LatinSardanapalus, from Ancient Greek, Σαρδανάπαλος (Sardanapalos), probably ultimately a corruption of Akkadian [script?] (Aššur-bāni-apli, “Ashurbanipal”).
Sardanapalus Sentence Examples
He was controverted by Ctesias, who, however, has mistaken mythology for history, and Greek romance owed to him its Ninus and Semiramis, its Ninyas and Sardanapalus.
Another Ninus is described by some authorities as the last king of Nineveh, successor of Sardanapalus.
Whether Kandalanu (Kineladanos), who became viceroy of Babylonia after the suppression of the revolt, was Assur-bani-pal under another name, or a different personage, is still doubtful (see Sardanapalus).