Origin of the name SARACUS.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name SARACUS.
the last king of Assyria. Also spelled Saruc,
which see. (An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).
... It is uncertain whether the
last war with the Medes and final destruction of Nineveh fell into the
reign of Asshur-emit-ili, the latest monarch of whom contemporary
records have been found, or whether he had a successor in the Saracus of
Berosus--the Sardanapalus of the Greeks, under whom the final
catastrophe took place. On the one hand, the number of years from
the accession of Esar-haddon to the capture of Nineveh, which is but
fifty-five, seems barely to suffice for the three reigns of a father, a
son, and a grandson, whence we should conclude that Asshur-emit-ili
was probably the last king. On the other, the difference between
the names of Saracus and Asshur-emit-ili is so wide, and the
authority of Berosus (from whom the notices of Saracus seem to come) so
great, that we are tempted to suspect that Asshur-emit-ili may have been
the last king but one, and Saracus (perhaps his brother) have succeeded
him. (The History of Herodotus, Rawlinson, v.1, 1862).