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Nebuchadnezzar II (6th century BC) – Babylonian king (c.600—c.560 BC)
In the sixth century BC the ancient Babylonian empire, which had enjoyed periods of power and magnificence, followed by times of depression and conquest, once more flourished as a strong and aggressive dominion, most particularly under its great king, Nebuchadrezzar II (sometimes called Nebuchadnezzar). This interesting ruler was both conqueror and builder. He led an expedition against Egypt and defeated the pharaoh. He conquered the Hebrew kingdom of Judah and sacked Jerusalem, in about 586, sending all the leading Hebrews into captivity in Babylon. He besieged and captured the great city of Tyre. Thus he made himself the greatest ruler of the Near East of the time.
But he was not always at war. The new Babylon was to be beautiful and magnificent. So he rebuilt it, surrounding it with a huge wall several miles long. Inside, he erected the famous Hanging Gardens, which were later included as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Nebuchadrezzar is believed to have suffered from a curious type of mental illness, lycanthropy, which means occasionally imagining that one is a wild beast and promptly behaving like it. It is mentioned in the Book of Daniel.