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Shutruk-Nakhkhunte was king of Elam from about 1185 to 1155 BC, and the second king of the Shutrukid Dynasty. Elam amassed an empire that included most of Mesopotamia and western Iran. Under his command, Elam defeated the Kassites and established the first Elamite Empire, which proved to be very short-lived, as Nebuchadnezzar I of Babylon conquered Elam around 1120 BC, bringing the empire to an end. Shutruk-Nakhkhunte was married to a Babylonian princess whose name is not known. It is known, however, that she was the daughter of a Kassitian king named Meli-Schipak.

Shutruk-Nakhkhunte gained a small public exposition in Ethan Canin's short story "The Palace Thief", and its adaptation in the 2002 movie The Emperor's Club, in which one of the key elements is a tablet describing the exploits of Shutruk-Nakhkhunte, a once famous egomaniacal conqueror virtually unknown today.

Reference in The Emperor's Club

In the film The Emperor's Club, a plaque above Mr. Hundert's classroom door reads:

I am Shutruk-Nahunte [sic], King of Anshan and Susa, sovereign of the land of Elam. By the command of Inshushinak, I destroyed Sippar and took the stele of Niran-Sin and brought it back to Elam, where I erected it as an offering to my god. Shutruk-Nahunte, 1158 B.C.

In the film, Mr Hundret explains that the quote is about a virtually unknown king, who speaks of his list of conquests, but speaks nothing about the benefits. According to Mr Hundret, this king is unknown in history, because "great ambition and conquest without contribution is without significance."

Preceded by
King of Elam
1185–1155 BC
Succeeded by
Kutir-Nahhunte III


  • D.T. Potts: The Archaeology of Elam, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1999, 232-237


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