Haman Begging the Mercy of Esther, by Rembrandt
|Grand Vizier of the Achaemenid Empire|
c. 483 BCE – c. 475 BCE
|Born||c. 520 BCE|
|Died||c. 475 BCE (aged 44–45)|
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.