|Cassin 1966||1192-1180||middle chronology|
|Gasche et al. 1998||1189-1178||Ultra-short chronology|
According to the Assyrian king list , he was the son of Ilī-padâ , a descendant of Eriba-Adad , who had gone into exile in Karduniaš ( Babylonia ). His father Ilī-padâ was a descendant of Eriba-Adad I (1390-1364) and sukallu rabi'u and šar von Hanilgabat under Aššur-nārāri III. (1202-1197). He must have had great power, since Adad-šuma-uṣur of Babylon calls him King of Assyria. Borger assumes that this was simply meant as an insult to the real king, which would be consistent with the other tone of the letter, which accuses the kings of laziness and drunkenness and which surprisingly exists as a New Assyrian copy. Ninurta-apil-ekur describes himself in some of his inscriptions as the son of Eriba-Adad.
Ninurta-apil-ekur came back from exile in Babylon and, probably with the support of the Kassites , seized the throne. A severe earthquake is documented during his reign that destroyed the Ishtar temple in Assur .
Ninurta-apil-ekur ruled for either 13 (older Assyrian King List , NaKL) or three years. Hornung has chosen the short chronology, Michael Rowton the long one. Most researchers prefer the shorter duration, but Freydank assigns eleven līmu to his rule (Saporetti, however, not a single one). No complete lists of eponyms are available for the Central Assyrian period (approx. 1500–1000 BC) . Recently, Jaume Llop presented a sequence of eponyms that confirms the long reign, but does not cover the entire 13 years.
The next year, Ninurta-apil-ekurs's son Aššur-dan followed as an eponym. Llop assumes that the Central Assyrian kings held this office in their first year of reign.
His daughter Muballitat [...] was a high priestess, his son Aššur-dan I became king after him.
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|Enlil-kudurrī-uṣur||Assyrian king||Aššur-dan I.|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Assyrian king|
|DATE OF BIRTH||13th century BC Chr.|
|DATE OF DEATH||12th century BC Chr.|