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  • Measurements of the City Walls of Babylon A

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  • Q007972

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  • First Millennium
  • unclear provenience
  • Metrological
  • City Wall Measurements

Measurements of the City Walls of Babylon A

Obverse
o 1'o 1'

[x KÙŠ] EN sip-pi .GAL-dza-ba₄-⸢ba₄ [x x] x [...]

[x cubits t]o the doorpost of the Zabab[a] Gate [...] ... [...]

o 2'2'

[x KÙŠ] sip-pi .GAL

3 ME KÙŠ TA .[GAL-dza-ba₄-ba₄]

[x cubits], the doorpost of the city gate

300 cubits from the [Zababa] Ga[te]

o 3'3'

[EN tub?-?] BÀD

3 2/3 KÙŠ di-mat SAG? [...]

[to the corner of] the city wall

3 2/3 cubits, the tower ... [...]


o 4'4'

[x KÙŠ] EN É dgu-la

39 KÙŠ SAG É dgu-la

[x cubits t]o the temple of Gula

39 cubits, the side of the temple of Gula

o 5'5'

[x KÙŠ] EN mu x x x É dza-ri-qu

7 ME 60šu 1 1/2 KÙŠ EN a-su-mit-ti .GAL-duraš

[x cubits] to ... the temple of Zāriqu

761 ½ cubi[ts] to the stele of the Uraš Gate

o 6'6'

[x KÙŠ ...] x-šú

9 1/3 KÙŠ ⸣.GAL-duraš

[x cubits ...] its ...

9 1/3 cubits, the Uraš [G]ate

o 7'7'

[x KÙŠ ...]

1 ME 81 KÙŠ TA .GAL BÀD e-pu-⸢

[x cubits ...]

181 cubits from the city gate, the city wall is bui[lt]

o 8'8'

[x KÙŠ EN ...] x KAR ÍD muš⸣-šur

6 1/3 KÙŠ SAG KAR

[x cubits to ...] ... the quay of the river is free

6 1/3 cubits, the side of the quay

o 9'9'

[x KÙŠ KI.GAL?] KAR

2 ME 8 KÙŠ TA KI.GAL KAR EN ídpu-rat-

[x cubits, the socle of the qu]ay

208 cubits from the socle of the quay to the Euphrates

o 10'10'

[PAP x KÙŠ?]

meš-ḫat BAL.RI dUTU.È

[In total: x cubits]

the measurements of (the city wall on) the East Bank


o 11'11'

[x KÙŠ mu]-⸢ṣe⸣-e A.MEŠ šá ídpu-rat-ti ina šap-li URU

[x cubits, the out]flow of the waters of the Euphrates b[elo]w the city

o 12'12'

[... x] KÙŠ SAG KAR KI BÀD šá BAL⸣.[RI dUTU.ŠÚ].A e-pu-

[... x] cubits, the si[de of the qu]ay, where the city wall of the [West] B[ank] is built


Reverse
r 1'r 1'

(...)

...


r 2'2'

[...] x-

0.13.20 a-su-mit-ti [x]

[...] ...

0.13.20 the stele [...]

r 3'3'

[...]

0.13.20 KI.MIN MINti

[...]

0.13.20 the second ditto (=stele)

r 4'4'

[x KÙŠ BÀD e]-⸢pu⸣-

1 ME 78 KÙŠ a-šar BÀD la ép-šú

[x cubits the city wall is] built

178 cubits, where the wall is not built

r 5'5'

[x KÙŠ ...]-šú šá ina ídpu-rat-ti

[x cubits] its [...] which is on the bank of the Euphrates

r 6'6'

[...]

12 KÙŠ a-di di-im-ti <UD>.KA.BAR

[...]

12 cubits to the Bronze Tower

r 7'7'

[(...)]

ap-pi

[...]

the extremity


r 8'8'

[x KÙŠ] mu⸣-ṣe-e A.⸢MEŠ e-li URU

[x cubits, the ou]tflow of the water[s] above the city


r 9'9'

[x KÙŠ] pa⸣-ni di-mat šá BÀD IM.MAR.TU 1 ME [(x) KÙŠ]

[x cubits, the f]ace of the tower of the west city wall 10[0 +x cubits]

r 10'10'

[EN É d]⸢GAŠAN⸣-ni--a

4 ME 1 KÙŠ ... x-gu-šá

[to the temple of Bēle]t-Ninua

401 cubits [...] ...

r 11'11'

[x KÙŠ x (x)] gišru-ku-bu

4 ME 10 KÙŠ [...]

[x cubits ...] the vehicle

410 cu[bits ...]

r 12'12'

[x KÙŠ x (x)]-šú

4 ME [(x) KÙŠ ...]

[x cubits ...] its [...]

40[0 +x cubits ...]


Adapted from A.R. George, Babylonian Topographical Texts (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 40), 1992. Translated and lemmatized by Giulia Lentini, 2019-2020, as part of the LMU-Munich-based project Living Among Ruins (directed by Karen Radner and Jamie Novotny), which is funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung as part of the Lost Cities program (coordinated by Martin Zimmermann and Andreas Beyer). Please cite this page as http://oracc.org/btto/Q007972/.