Haman

Synonyms:
Haman, ha-MAN, הָמָן
Haman_(biblical_figure) (Wikipedia)
Haman
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Haman Begging the Mercy of Esther, by Rembrandt
Grand Vizier of the Achaemenid Empire
In office
c. 483 BCE – c. 475 BCE
MonarchXerxes I
Personal details
Bornc. 520 BCE
Achaemenid Empire
Diedc. 475 BCE (aged 44–45)
Achaemenid Empire
Spouse(s)Zeresh
ChildrenParshandatha
Dalphon
Aspatha
Poratha
Adalia
Aridatha
Parmashta
Arisai
Aridai
Vaizatha
ParentsHammedatha (father)
Amathlai (mother)

Haman (also known as Haman the Agagite המן האגגי, or Haman the evil המן הרשע) is the main antagonist in the Book of Esther, who, according to the Hebrew Bible, was a vizier in the Persian empire under King Ahasuerus, traditionally identified as Xerxes I (died 465 BCE). As his name indicates, Haman was a descendant of Agag, the king of the Amalekites, a people who were wiped out in certain areas by King Saul and David.

Haman cannot be related to any figures recorded in Persian or other sources outside the bible or Hebrew tradition.

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