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Salary 1100
Title King of Babylon
Term c. 1748 - 1729 BC short chronology
Children Hammurabi
Parent(s) Apil-Sin

Sin-Muballit was the father of Hammurabi and the fifth Amorite king of the first dynasty (the Amorite Dynasty) of Babylonia, reigning c. 1748 to 1729 BC. He ruled over a relatively new and minor kingdom; however, he was the first ruler of Babylon to actually declare himself king of the city, and the first to expand the territory ruled by the city, and his son greatly expanded the Babylonian kingdom into the short lived Babylonian Empire.[1]


Sin-Muballit succeeded his father Apil-Sin. No inscriptions for either king are known.[2]

In Sin-Muballit's 13th year, he repelled the army of Ur, which had invaded the territory of Babylon. In the 17th year of his reign, Sin-Muballit took possession of the city of Isin and his power grew steadily over time as evidenced by his building and fortifying a number of towns.[3]

Chronological Note

There exists disagreement over the dating of the events of the first dynasty. The short chronology used in this article is the one most commonly used today by scholars. The middle chronology was until recently the preferred chronology and places events 64 years earlier than given here. There also exists a long chronology which places events 120 years earlier than given here. See Chronology of the Ancient Near East for details.

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Preceded by
Kings of Babylon
ca. 1748–1729 BC
(short chronology)
Succeeded by
  1. A history of Babylonia and Assyria, Volume 1, Robert William Rogers, Eaton & Mains, 1900. pp. 387-388.
  2. Old Babylonian period (1894-1595 BC), Douglas Frayne, University of Toronto Press, 1990. p. 330-331.
  3. Babylonian legal and business documents: from the time of the first dynasty of Babylon, chiefly from Nippur, Arno Poebel, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania, 1909. p. 113.